This is the inaugural gift from The Awesome Fund, dedicated solely to student clubs and organizations, and funded by a Hopkins alumni and his employer’s match (both have chosen to remain anonymous).
Science Olympiad is an extra-curricular academic team, for students in grades 9-12 with a penchant for science, and will compete in scholarship-granting competitions. Team advisor Michael Gehlsen, science teacher at NJH and HHS, once an Olympiad himself, has as much enthusiasm for the Olympiad as his students. Science Olympiad holds team tournaments consisting of 23 different scientific events, ranging from building projects and knowledge-based tests to laboratory investigations. Topics include Hydrogeology, Technical Writing, Invasive Species, Food Science, Science of Flight, Oceanography, Disease Detectives, and more.
The formation of this team offers students the potential for community partnerships or mentorships with STEM industry experts. The Olympiad team is open to any student who thrives on curiosity, enjoys flexing mental muscles, and values collaboration, not only science protégés. A diverse set of strengths is needed for the team, including art, language/writing skills, Math, and engineering.
Read more about Science Olympiad.
Hopkins High School, North and West Junior Highs
Submitters: Michael Gehlsen, John Sammler