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Elementary Science Olympiad launches in Montana

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Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) is a hands-on science program for students in grades K-6. ESO activities include Fun Days and Fun Nights that excite students about science and perhaps inspire them to someday join their school’s Division B (middle school) or Division C (high school) Science Olympiad team! ESO can even offer a competitive tournament for grades 3-6, just like the older kids, and with many of the same events, just scaled down to size.

The Science Math Resource Center chose Aug. 30, 2021 as the date to launch Elementary Science Olympiad in Montana. Aug. 30 is the birthday of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a Montana native whose pioneering work on vaccines has saved millions of lives and helped to eradicate childhood diseases. Dr. Hilleman was born in Miles City, Montana, and graduated from Montana State University in 1941. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Maurice Hilleman the most influential person ever in the field of vaccinology.

To celebrate Dr. Hilleman, SMRC has partnered with MSU’s Hilleman Scholars program to launch Elementary Science Olympiad in Miles City, Montana and Cut Bank, Montana, where fourth and fifth graders will do hands-on activities from the ESO curriculum to celebrate STEM and learn about Montana’s most influential scientist. Hilleman Scholars is an MSU program for recently graduated Montana residents with academic, leadership, and career potential.

Learn more about the national Elementary Science Olympiad program or contact the SMRC for details at [email protected]