Indiana University Northwest is proud to serve once again as one of nine competition sites across Indiana for the 2008 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16. This marks the seventh consecutive year that IU Northwest has hosted the competition.
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.
Tournaments are designed to: emphasize problem-solving aspects of science and the understanding of scientific 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.
Approximately 300 students from 23 area middle and high schools will come to IU Northwest on Saturday 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.
Science Olympiad supports elementary and secondary 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.
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 Associate Professor of Chemistry Nelson De Leon, Ph.D., at (219) 980-6742 or visit www.iun.edu/~olympiad.