Indiana University Northwest is proud to serve once again as one of seven sites across Indiana for the 2007 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament. This marks the sixth consecutive year that IU Northwest has hosted the competition.
“We are proud of hosting the tournament and the schools that participate in it,” said Associate Prof. Nelson De Leon of the IU Northwest chemistry department. “Science Olympiad is a national organization whose goal is to improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the country.”
More than 300 students from 23 area middle and high schools will come to IU Northwest to participate in more than 57 carefully planned and coordinated science and engineering events, including Mission Possible, Egg Drop and Balloon Race. The top three middle and high school teams will be invited to participate at the state tournament, which will be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. next month.
Participating high schools include: Andrean, Chesterton, Gary Lew Wallace, Gary Roosevelt, Gary Wirt, Griffith, Hanover Central, Lake Central, Merrillville, Michigan City, Portage, and Valparaiso. Participating middle schools include: Chesterton, Fegley, Grimmer, Kahler, Pierce, St. Patrick, T. Jefferson, and Taft Middle Schools; Hanover Central Jr. High School; Westchester Intermediate School; and Thea Bowman Leadership Academy.
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 taught.
"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," De Leon said. “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 demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.”
Registration for the Science Olympiad begins at 7 a.m. in the Savannah Center lobby, followed by opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium. Competition activities will take place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., followed by closing ceremonies from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information about the IU Northwest Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, please contact De Leon at (219) 980-6742 or visit www.iun.edu/~olympiad .