The Hexagon, Volume 103, Number 3, Fall 2012 Page: 56
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COLLEGIATE AND PROFESSIONAL NEWS
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Epsilon MA Kim Long, 2008, and Katie Mika,
Epsilon 2009, preparing for the food science event,
showing off the proper eye protection equipment.
Epsilon at the Indiana State
Submitted by: Katie Mika, Epsilon 2009
By 7:00 am on March 24, 2012, nearly 1600
middle school and high school students, along
with affiliated parents and coaches, swarmed
the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
These students were not there to compete in
any sporting event or music competition, they
were on campus to show off their skills in the
sciences and compete in the 2012 Indiana State
Science Olympiad Tournament.
Science Olympiad is a K-12 science compe-
tition, broken down into three divisions, where
teams of 15 are formed to compete in 23 differ-
ent events. These events span across the sci-
ences and engineering. Some examples include
chemistry lab (focusing on redox reactions),
forestry, helicopter egg drop, and many more.
Students around the country all compete at
various levels trying to qualify for the national
competition in May, which took place this year
at the University of Central Florida. Due to the
number of teams registered, in Indiana there is
a regional competition to qualify for the state
tournament. By the state tournament, these
teams have been practicing for seven months
and are ready to show what they know.
For the 2012 Indiana State Science
Olympiad Tournament, I was personally in
charge of the Food Science event and oversaw
the running of over eleven other events, includ-
ing the Chemistry Lab run by Alpha Chi Sigma.
Beyond writing, running, and grading exams,
brothers assisted in nearly all of the events that
Some of the teams in the middle of their exams while Kaite answer questions in the back. In the foreground
is one example of a viscosity tester a team built.
were run that day and were an integral part of
the success of the tournament.
For me, the day started at 6:30 am, and the
competitors arrived and events started running
at 8:30 am. My event, Food Science, was for
only for middle school students where the
competitors had to be familiar with the chem-
istry and biology behind baking. They also had
to build their own viscosity tester in order to
calculate the viscosity of an unknown I gave
them (which happened to be molasses). The
exam was difficult, but some teams exceled.
After the grading was over it was back to solv-
ing problems that had arisen in other events
during the day.
After the actual competition, there was a
break for the students to eat while we prepared
for the awards ceremony. For each event, the
first- through fifth-place awards are announced
and the students come on stage to the cheers of
their teammates, family, and the other competi-
tors, to receive their medals. I was lucky enough
to assist with the medal ceremony this year;
watching the kids smile as much as they did
when they placed was great. Beyond the indi-
vidual medals, the top five teams receive tro-
phies and the top two teams will go to the
national tournament. In the middle school divi-
sion, the second place team found out they
made it to nationals when they were already on
stage. They were incredibly excited! In the high
school division, both teams were crying tears of
joy because they were so excited to move on to
the next level.
Science Olympiad and Alpha Chi Sigma
have both been a large part of my life over the
years and I was extremely excited to be able to
bring them together. My fellow brothers did an
amazing job and were an integral part of a well-
run competition. The work that Epsilon Chapter
has done to uphold our second object is
remarkable. I am a proud to be a part of this
chapter, and this fraternity, and I cannot wait
for our next event!
Adventures in Scouting with
Submitted by: Elizabeth Mitchell, Pi 2009
Working with the Boy Scouts and Girl
Scouts of America is a wonderful opportunity
to promote the second aim of the fraternity as
an outreach to students, but the programs bring
much more than just fulfilling a Wyvern pin
requirement. I have been active in scouting my
entire life, and am a lifetime Girl Scout member
and Gold Award recipient, as well as a merit
badge councilor for the Boy Scouts. But even if
you or your chapter never been involved with
scouting, you can starting building those con-
nections to not only help your chapter increase
their outreach, but also make a difference in
these young people's lives through your activi-
ties in scouting.
It is important if asked to work with Boy
Scouts, or if your chapter wants to get more
involved in scouting, to do your research. The
best thing your chapter can do is to have at least
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