The Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO) is a competition team established in 2017 that exposes students in grades 6-8 to 20+ disciplines in STEM with rigorous coaching and practice to prepare them for tournaments with other schools. Since 1984, Science Olympiad has operated in all 50 states at regional, state, and national levels with nearly 8,000 teams across the United States.
Employers want to hire individuals who can demonstrate their ability to function as a team player, troubleshoot, and embrace a willingness to learn. LET’S GO students who participate in the MSO will have the skills to meet this expectation in the future.
The MSO teaches students to:
• Work together to explore new STEM concepts through
curiosity, creativeness and critical thinking;
• Learn how to improve engineering designs after testing
prototypes, be resilient and adapt; and
• Know how to communicate effectively with their peers to solve
problems and achieve a common goal.
In the MSO, LET’S GO STEM Scholars have the opportunity to join a diverse community of like-minded students with an interest and identity in STEM. Scholars also participate to other offerings through the STEM Scholars Program including career-based field trips and family engagement events. These middle school STEM Scholars can meet role models and mentors from STEM majors and career fields and access one-on-one coaching to navigate the high school options within Baltimore City Public Schools.
In the 2018-2019 school year, eight LET’S GO students represented Westport at the intensive Baltimore City Regional MSO Tournament at Morgan State University. Seventy-five percent of those students self-identified as female and 100% are from minorities that are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields. With the exception of two middle school graduates, all Westport competitors are returning to prepare for the 2019-2020 tournament. 2020 is expected to be a great year for the Westport MSO team.