Cobb Science

March News and Notes

March Madness

Think March is all about basketball competitions? Think again! All of our science tournaments take place this month and are a blast for kids, teachers, and parents alike.
The pictures above are from the Title I Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament that was held at Fair Oaks. Sixteen teams competed this year in 23 different events.

Several Cobb schools have teams competing in the Inventure Challenge at Georgia Tech on March 15th. The teams choose their own problem, design a solution, and then pitch their design to Georgia Tech staff and industry leaders.

Cobb is also hosting the state tournament for the Middle School Science Olympiad on March 18th at South Cobb High School. The following six Cobb middle schools will be competing: Campbell, Dickerson, Dodgen, East Cobb, Hightower Trail, and McClesky.

We round out the month on March 25th with the Regional Elementary School Science Olympiad Tournament at Walton HS.

Cobb-Paulding Regional Science Fair Winners

Overall 1st Place Winners:

Kindergarten- Aubrey and Ethan Myer (Lewis ES)

1st Grade- Gillian Mercer (Cheatham Hill ES)

2nd Grade- Jacob McDonald (Vaughan ES)

3rd Grade- Matthew Maloy (Dowell ES)

4th Grade- Emma Kennedy (Poole ES)

5th Grade- Haylie Murphy (King Springs ES) (also won the Army Engineering Award)

Middle School: Stephen Litt (Lovinggood MS)

High School: Lena Allen (Paulding HS)

Professional Learning Opportunities

We had our third and final webinar to introduce teachers to the new Georgia Standards of Excellence on February 15th. You can watch the archived version here:

ES Teachers:

MS/HS Teachers:

We are also building a bank on instructional videos of Cobb teachers implementing the new standards, focusing on what each Science and Engineering Practice looks like in a lesson. So far, we have two videos:

Developing and Using Models: 4th Grade Teacher Sarah Lasiter

Constructing an Argument: 7th Grade Teacher Diane Robinson

More videos are on the way soon!

Join us this summer on June 13th, 14th or 15th for more training implementing and writing lessons using the new GSE. Information about registration is coming soon.

2017-2018 Teacher Leader Academy

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Apply now to be part of our science cohort for the third Teacher Leader Academy. The Academy will meet on the following dates:

May 11th

May 30th - June 2nd

September 14th

November 16th

February 8th, 2018

May 2018 (exact date TBD)

Register here:

Upcoming Events

Atlanta Science Festival

Tuesday, March 14th, 8am

Multiple Locations

The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. Curious people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives. Scientists and educators from museums, local schools, universities, and companies will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in a variety of hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances to expand our community of science enthusiasts and inspire a new generation of curious thinkers. Events run March 14th-25th and can be found at