Westside High comes to rescue for Science Olympiad

Westside High School is earning quite the reputation among the nation’s elite science students.


Teams from throughout the country are in town getting set to compete in the National Science Olympiad at Augusta State University and neighboring locations.

But when a team from Sacramento, Calif., needed to calibrate its equipment, it turned to Google and found Westside. Westside coach Rebecca Potter said the California team has been at the school all afternoon testing its equipment.

And when the state champion team from Montana realized glassware had broken during its trip down to Georgia, ASU directed them to Westside as well, Ms. Potter said.

“They were told to call me because if anyone was going to loan out glassware to complete strangers it would probably only be me,” she said in an e-mail.

So when a team from Minnesota became desperate for a place to calibrate its robot, the team already knew where to turn, Ms. Potter said.

“I am very proud that these national teams found their way to Westside when they needed help,” Ms. Potter said. “I am so very happy that we were able to accommodate them. My team is way too small to be nationally competitive, so it is an honor for me and for my students to be involved in this way. We get to show off our hospitality and we get to be “at” the national tournament.”

The National Science Olympiad officially kicked off today and will continue throughout the weekend at Augusta State University, the host of the event, and at neighboring schools and churches.

"We'll have buses here from all over the country," said Denise Moore, technology and operations manager for the ASU Department of Continuing Education and one of the event's steering committee members. "Between this and Thunder Over Augusta, if you don't have your hotel room yet, I don't know what you're going to do."

The science olympiad was to have about 3,000 competitors but will attract about 5,000 people in all when coaches and family members are counted.



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