There are many academic, artistic, educational, and environmental clubs at Ukiah High School. If a competition full of engineering, investigation, and traveling is what you’re looking for, then Science Olympiad, an academic competition with 23 different subject areas to complete within, might be for you.
Senior Noah Edelman, co-president of the club, to us the goes to other schools to compete and has hosted competitions in the past. “The competitions we compete in are a combination of lab events, build events and study events.”
Edelman explained some of the events that make up Science Olympiad such as forensics which consists of analyzing evidence within a fictitious crime and identifying suspects.
One event that Edelman participates in is the building event. Currently, he is constructing a pendulum clock from scratch and it will be presented to the judges at events for scoring.
Another event that Edelman participates in is a study event requiring him to research and topic and take a test on that topic. Disease Detectives is one he is involved in and is about epidemiology where you get tested on one’s knowledge of the topic.
Edelman’s involvement in this club goes all the way back to his time in the Middle School Pomalita before he entered high school. Unfortunately, in his first two years at UHS the school got shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Stem Club members “dwindled”.
Although Science Olympiad didn’t have traveling or in-person competitions, Edelman says the competitions were still enjoyable and he’s glad he persevered.
Now, the UHS Stem club and Science Olympiad are back in action in full force. Numbers have regained and the UHS Science Olympiad club got to travel to both Los Angeles and Seattle this year for two of their competitions.