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IU Northwest to host regional Science Olympiad Tournament

The Department of Chemistry at IU Northwest recently received a grant in the amount of $3,000 from Indiana Campus Compact (ICC), a granting agency whose focus is on "service learning." The grant is the maximum amount allowed by the ICC and will be used for the 2002 Science Olympiad and the expenses incurred in sponsoring a tournament on campus.

Saturday, February 16, IUN will sponsor one of the seven Science Olympiad Regional Tournaments in Indiana. IUN's Regional Olympiad starts with registration at 7:00 a.m., an opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m., events running from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a closing ceremony starting at 3:00 p.m.

Teams of up to 15 students from local middle and high schools will converge on IUN to participate in over 35 carefully planned and coordinated science and engineering events. The top three middle and high school teams will be invited to participate at the state tournament to be held at IU Bloomington.

The Science Olympiad supports elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence. Its mission is to improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation to change the way science is perceived and the way it is taught.

Science Olympiad promotes that aspect of IUNís Shared Vision which promotes partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government and education.

Tournaments are designed to emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts, develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students and to demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

For more information on Science Olympiad, contact Nelson De Leon at (219) 980-6742 or



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