​STUDENT LIFE

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Robotics

 

Our Robotics team is a 40-member high school  team that competes in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a worldwide organization with almost 3,500 teams. Our team competes with our robot, but more importantly, performs over 4,100 hours of community outreach to spread STEM to our school, community, and the world. 

 

Our team has 6 departments, each with a student leader. Students learn business skills, and the value of outreach to others. We spend many hours training students to use tools and program our robots. We use those robots to show others how much fun STEM can be!

HOSA

 

HOSA is an international organization with the mission to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students. The club provides opportunities for Walton community leadership through activities such as community education to prevent communicable illnesses, sponsorship of blood drive and fundraising for disease prevention. It also hosts competitive events in the various fields of healthcare including knowledge test competitions, skills competitions and group events. The competitions are held at the school level in January and at the state level in early March.

Inventure

 

The InVenture Challenge is a competition for Georgia K12 students to recognize achievement and encourage interest in innovation, design, and engineering. The goal is to challenge students to identify a real-world problem and test a solution. The state competition takes place at Georgia Tech in March.

 

Student teams from any participating K12 school in Georgia are eligible to compete. Student teams of 1-3 choose their own problem and design a solution.

 

In late fall, Georgia Tech offers an online 'pitch day' for students to give a brief presentation about their design problem and proposed solution ideas to members of the Georgia Tech community and industry folks. This is their opportunity for early feedback.

 

Walton’s sophomore STEM Engineering students compete in this challenge. We work on this throughout the year in Honors Chemistry class, and the school competition takes place in February. In 2016, one of our teams won the State Competition for the high school level, and won an all-expenses-paid trip to compete at the National Invention Convention in Washington DC, where they received third place in the nation!

Math Team

 

Math Team meets every Monday in room 347 where they prepare for very exciting schedule every year. Unlike most math teams, Walton's team competes in university tournaments across the east coast, including the Harvard-MIT tournament (an international tournament) and the MMA tournament at Columbia University (a national tournament). Each year the officers select a variety of tournaments to appeal to team members with varying skills. Anyone can join Math Team and each competitor can compete in as many or as few tournaments as they desire.

Science Olympiad

 

Science Olympiad is a competition team comprised of members from all areas of science and all grade levels. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, and parents bond together and work toward a shared goal.

Our team works throughout the year to participate in at least 5 competitions, 3 invitation tournaments (two fall and one in January), the region tournament (February), and the state tournament (March/April). Success at the state tournament will lead to a trip to the national tournament in May. Members are expected to attend weekly meetings and work within their event groups to complete the necessary practice and preparation outside of school.

 

The Walton Science Olympiad team has competed each year since 1994. We have been invited to the state tournament 23 out of 25 years, and have placed in the top 10 for the last eight years.

 

For more information, visit our website at www.waltonscienceolympiad.com

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