On Sat., Feb. 18 Indiana University Northwest will be one of seven sites across the state to host the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. “We are proud of hosting the tournament and the schools that participate in it. Science Olympiad is a national organization whose goal is to improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the country," said Associate Professor of Chemistry Nelson De Leon, Ph.D.
More than 300 students from 24 local middle and high schools will converge on IU Northwest to participate in more than 57 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 to be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. on Mar. 25.
The Olympiad will kick off the 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.
"Science Olympiad 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," said De Leon. “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 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.