Science Olympiad is a national competition that is similar to an academic decathlon but focuses only on subjects in the sciences. Over 6,700 teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year in ‘events’ pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Umpqua Watersheds AmeriCorps State/National member, Katrina Keleher, established a Science Olympiad at Douglas High School in Winston, Oregon in 2014.
The team continues to grow at Douglas High and is mentored by our educators and other Douglas High staff. In April of 2018, AmeriCorps State/National member Christine Smith accompanied the team to their competition at Oregon State University. Students put their hovercraft, building, and writing to the test. It was a challenging day, but the students learned a lot from the experience.