ETSU Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.


Upper East Tennessee Science Fair

The Upper East Tennessee Science Fair is held each year in late spring on the East Tennessee State University campus.  The event is sponsored by the Johnson City Kiwanis Club and ETSU.  It features approximately 400 exhibits submitted by fourth through eighth graders from approximately 40 schools in the region.

Professional scientists and ETSU faculty judge the competition.  More than $6000 in prize money, donated by the Kiwanis Club and Eastman Chemical Company, is awarded to student winners and to their schools. Two $100 prizes are awarded by ETSU's Center for Appalachian Studies and Services; four $100 prizes are awarded by the Tennessee Academy of Science; and five $100 prizes are awarded by Studsvik, Inc.


Franklin Math Bowl

The Franklin Math Bowl is a competition held on a Saturday in early November for middle school students. The competition consists of an individual 25-question, multiple choice test and a team problem solving test. The Bowl has four contests: sixth grade, seventh grade, regular eighth grade, and eighth grade algebra I. Both individual and school awards are given in each contest, usually split between large and small school divisions if sufficient numbers of students are registered. The Franklin Math Bowl is co-sponsored by the ETSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics  and the Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


Middle School Math and Science Scholars Program

The program is designed to expose academically able students (rising 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) to current developments and research in the STEM field, to instill in students a love for math and science education and to encourage and inform students at an early age of careers in STEM education. The program engages students to become actively involved in the inquiry process by allowing students to ask questions, describe objects and event, test their ideas with what is known, and communicate what they learned through a scientific poster.  The curriculum provides a unique, interdisciplinary learning environment that strengthened the students’ ability to solve problems, stimulated the joy of learning math and science, and fostered the excitement of discovery through scientific research.

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