The Larese’s group at the UT Chemistry Department prepared the chemistry examination for the Tennessee State Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 12. High school students from all across Tennessee came to UTK and were challenged experimentally with a reaction set in which the oxidation state of manganese was altered, as well as chromatography of fountain pen inks. The students were then given a set of advanced questions in various aspects of chemical reactions.
The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. High school students participate in pre-designed events in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computers and technology to develop their teamwork and problem solving skills.
This was the second consecutive year the Larese’s group has organized this event. Previous years, other chemistry research groups such as the Camden’s Group also participated in preparation of Science Olympiad.