The Bates Middle School Science Olympians Club traveled to Newberry College on Saturday, February 18th in order to compete in the South Carolina Science Olympiad. Coaches Angel Daniels and Joseph Ricks took a team of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to this statewide event. The Science Olympiad offers interscholastic academic competition in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving, and technology. The state and national tournaments consist of a series of individual and team events, and there is a balance between events requiring knowledge of scientific facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications. Ms. Daniels stated, “Although this was our first year competing in the South Carolina Science Olympiad, our students were excited, eager, and demonstrated awesome team work throughout the day. I was proud to see them cheering each other on and encouraging their team members to do their best!”

The events kicked off with a parade of schools and the Bates Middle School Science Olympians represented BMS with a banner created by BMS art teacher, Ms. Jessica Millwood. Throughout the day, members of the Bates Middle School Science Olympians teamed up and competed in various Division B events against students from all across the state. Chase Denton (6th) and Collin Floyd (6th) competed in the Write It, Do It event where one student wrote a description of an object and how to build it, and the other student attempted to construct the object from the description. Myles Pringle (8th) and Shermelle Sanders (8th) competed in Rocks and Minerals in which the team demonstrated their knowledge of rocks and minerals. Cameron Tisdale(7th), Bruce (Wesley) Castleberry (7th), Blair Ross (7th), and Shermelle Sanders(8th) participated in the Pentathlon in which teams competed in an academic and physical pentathlon that demonstrated the team’s overall understanding of the five major Science Olympiad content areas. Students enjoyed the events and look forward to next year’s competition! When asked about the events of the day, Myles Pringle, an 8th grade student, stated, “It was fun! I liked going to the college and I want to be in more events next time.”

Shermelle Sanders, an 8th grader at Bates Middle, replied, “The trip to Newberry College was a great experience for me! I learned how to be a team leader. It also helped me with my reading and comprehension skills, my math and science skills, and it helped me learn how to work as a team. The challenges they put us through helped us sharpen our skills as people. They also have events that help us