On Saturday, Feb. 19 Indiana University Northwest will again be one of eight sites across the state to host the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament.
The olympiad will kick off a day of activities with registration from 7 to 7:30 a.m. in the Savannah Center Lobby followed by opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium. Activities will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. followed by closing ceremonies from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
More than 300 students from 24 local middle and high schools will converge on IU Northwest to participate in more than 35 carefully planned and coordinated science and engineering events such as Mission Possible, Egg Drop and Balloon Race. The top three middle and high school teams will be invited to participate at the state tournament held at IU Bloomington.
According to Associate Professor of Chemistry Nelson DeLeon, Ph.D., as one of the eight regional hosts in Indiana, this event offers the university an occasion to showcase the campus to the community. 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.
"Science Olympiad also represents an ideal opportunity for middle and high school students to meet and interact with scientists, academicians, college students, local engineers and community members in a competitive, yet enjoyable setting," DeLeon said.
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.
For more information about the IU Northwest Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, please contact Nelson De Leon at (219) 980-6742 visit the Web site: http://www.iun.edu/~olympiad.