ACE Hardware Science Partners with Science Olympiad
As leading national retailer ACE Hardware rolls out its Hardware Science effort, STEM organizations like Science Olympiad are getting into the game. With 4,600 stores nationally, ACE is the perfect place to help the 7,600 Science Olympiad teams in 49 states stock up for practices and tournaments.
Search for the Next Hardware Science Star!
At the 2016 Science Olympiad National Tournament in May at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, ACE Hardware Science found its Next Hardware Science Star in Abigail Rinaldi from Bearden Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee! She won $500 for her school's Science Olympiad program, a trip to Chicago to the ACE Hardware Convention and a speaker system. Other winners from Preston Middle School in Colorado, Covallis Middle School and Hamilton High School in Montana, and the Austin Area Homeschoolers from Texas all received $250 for their program and a speaker system.
At the 2015 Science Olympiad National Tournament in May at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ACE Hardware Science kicked off the fun at the STEM Expo on Friday, hosting live TV auditions for students with Steve Jacobs of "Mr. Wizard" and "MythBusters" fame. Students used common hardware items to demonstrate STEM concepts, and when the director yelled "Cut!" six stars were chosen, winning $250 for their Science Olympiad teams and BOSE SoundDocks. The Grand Prize Winner, Oscar Stautzenberger of St. John Berchmans Catholic School in Shreveport, Louisiana was declared the winner! He appeared at the ACE Hardware Convention in August 2015 (click for the video!), and won the speaker system and $500 for his school. Other attendees from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Indiana and Daniel Wright Junior High School in Illinois were represented.
Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune Story about Joey Lavalley, TJMS Science Olympiad Team Member (TJMS is the Indiana team with the most visits to the Science Olympiad National Tournament!) at the ACE Hardware Convention
Science Olympiad Teams with a Local ACE Retailer in Town
Teams, you might already be shopping ACE Hardware regularly for all your Science Olympiad needs. In Hawaii, California, Illinois and Nevada, ACE has already begun hosting hands-on science events and Science Olympiad building sessions at stores and assisting with Science Olympiad tournaments. In Northwest Indiana, partner ArcelorMittal provided gift cards for teams to stock up for tournaments. In order for this relationship to grow, we encourage any of the 7,600 teams to visit their local ACE retailer and say hello! Be sure to ask if the retailer already provides an educator discount!
Local ACE Retailer Helps Illinois Science Olympiad Teams Prepare - The Doings Newspaper
Chances are you've had a young customer, teacher or parent come into the store, searching for parts for a Science Olympiad device they need to build, or a science project for class. With the new ACE Hardware Planogram, you can arrange a shelf/endcap with the basics for any Science Olympiad team: duct tape, 5-gallon buckets, string, batteries, safety goggles, hooks, glue, PVC pipe and more! ACE Retailers wishing to learn more about Hardware Science + Science Olympiad should contact ACE Corporate with their contact info and store number.
Local Store Options to engage Science Olympiad teams, students and teachers include:
- Setting a Science Olympiad component endcap or sign
- Providing coupons/discounts
- Reaching out to Science Olympiad State Directors to connect with local teams
- Hosting a back-to-school building event for Science Olympiad teams
- Making Component Lists* of sample hardware items that could be used in Science Olympiad building events available:
*Component Lists are representative of things teams might need or want to use; not required and will vary by student design
*All safety goggles must abide by the Science Olympiad Eye Protection Policy