Ocean Air School students placed seventh overall in the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad Competition in February, securing their place in the Southern California State Competition, to be held at the California Institute of Technology on April 8. The Science Olympiad is a middle school competition with 23 event categories, focusing on various life science, earth and space science, biochemistry, and engineering topics. There were 117 teams from 35 schools competing this year. Ocean Air students placed in 14 of the 23 categories, achieving top-10 results in nine events and a first place result in one event. Ocean Air was the only elementary school to qualify for the state competition.

Science teacher Stacie Waters, along with parent volunteers and high school student volunteers, tirelessly helped Ocean Air students study, learn, build, experiment, and work together to prepare for the competition. Sixth grader Dasha Zerboni said of her experience: “I love the competition and I love learning about different science subjects.” Learn more at www.sandiegoso.org.