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What is ESO?
ESO: Elementary Science Olympiad
General Description

The Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. The Elementary Science Olympiad is also designed to encourage classroom teachers to explore new and challenging ways of teaching science. The Science Olympiad tournaments are academic interscholastic competitions which consist of a series of individual and team events which students prepare for during the year. Most Science Olympiad events are team competitions which require teamwork, group planning and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, and having fun.

Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states. Through over 450 tournaments and professional development workshops, the Science Olympiad showcases innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Science Olympiad was created to expand interest in science for students, and to serve as an alternative to the conventional science fair and tournaments. The Olympiad consists of over 100 individual and team events that require expertise in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem-solving, and technology. Division A is for grades K-6, Division B is for grades 6-9, and Division C is for grades 9-12. Students who participate in the Science Olympiad are taught advanced science through active, hands-on participation. All events involve teamwork, group planning and cooperation, and promote team spirit and good sportsmanship.

Further Details
For more information on the national Science Olympiad program at all levels, please visit the Science Olympiad online at www.soinc.org. Complete, detailed event manuals, including competition information, are available.

The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School
Students Teaching Students
Jacksonville High School, a public school in Jacksonville, Alabama, is proud to present an annual Elementary Science Olympiad which is organized by high school students for its elementary school participants. Since its inception in 1993, the Olympiad at JHS has been directed by Science Club members and other science students under the supervision of Science Club sponsors Vicki Lamb (1993-1996), Andra Lyons (1997-2002), David Kadle (2005-2017), and Angie Davis (2018-Present). Previous ESO at JHS student coordinators include David Peters and Kevin Borders (1993-1995), Brad Rohrer (1996), Jason Lord and Jennifer Molleur (1997), Anna Messer (1998), Jessica Childs (1999-2000), and Chris Edmiston (2001-2003). Over 1,000 other students have assisted in the preparation of each Olympiad from event design and direction to score tabulation. The proud tradition of the student-run Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School is expected to continue to prosper in the future.

ESO at JHS General Information
The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School offers competition in Division A-2 (grades 4-6). In 2019, 24 events from the various disciplines will be offered for competition. For the anticipated field of over 30 teams, Olympic-style medals will be awarded to the top six individuals in each event. In addition, team trophies will be awarded to the top six schools based on a total compilation of points during the Olympiad.

ESO at JHS Fast Facts
- The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School is a 8-hour day-long competition beginning at about 8:00 am and ending around 3:30 pm.
- Teams consist of no more than 20 students from grades 4 through 6. There is a limit of eight (8) sixth graders per team, but an unlimited number (up to maximum of 20) of fourth and fifth graders. Schools may enter only one team in the Olympiad.
- Events are 45 minutes to an hour long. All events will take place on the grounds of Jacksonville High School and under the supervision of sponsors and Elementary Science Olympiad staff members.
- Teams may enter as many or as few of the 24 events as they wish. For each event, each team should enter the required number of participants. Events are attended only by its student participants (i.e. no coaches or parents). Due to the large number, many events will be occurring simultaneously.
- The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School is only an area event. Winners do not advance to a regional or state competition.

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