The 2015-2016 Saline Science Olympiad team looks to build upon the successes of the last several seasons. The team finished fourth in Michigan this past May, just missing qualifying for nationals. It was one of the strongest finishes in Saline history.
This year's team has several returning members who are already showing the initiative to build on last years success. The team will compete in 23 events, varying from building events such as bridges to science events like geology and astronomy. Science Olympiad graduates have gone on to many prestigious universities, such as MIT, Stanford, Purdue and Michigan and have a passion for the sciences and hands on building.
With the departure of former head coach Athvale to California, last year's assistant coach Nath Akella, has assumed the role of head coach and is joined by assistant coaches Prof. Don Winsor and Saline alum Kevin Wei. The team is also piloting a mentoring system where experts in fields such as chemistry and biology join us to work with students in select areas. Science Olympiad is pleased that the first mentor will be Dr. Nicole Hein, who has a background in Neurogenetics and teaching experience at both Eastern and Albion.
As part of the club activities, Science Olympiad plans to have a local expert series, where science and technology professionals come in and speak about their field. Science Olympiad also plans to introduce project management methodologies used in industry so the students can learn how the professional work place operates.
Science Olympiad is hosting an info session at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in room C319 at Saline High School. If you have any questions please contact the coaches at [email protected].