Indiana University Northwest is proud to serve once again as one of nine competition sites across Indiana for the 2009 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 28. This marks the eighth consecutive year that IU Northwest has hosted the competition.
This year, approximately 300 students from 23 middle and high schools will come to IU Northwest to participate in more than 50 carefully planned and coordinated science and engineering events. Competing high school teams include Andrean, Griffith, Hanover Central, Highland, Marquette, Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, and Michigan City, plus two downstate participants — Carmel and Columbus North High Schools. Middle school teams include Boston (LaPorte), Grimmer, Hanover Central, St. Patrick, Sycamore, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Chesterton, Clifford Pierce, Colonel John Wheeler, Fegely, and Taft Middle Schools.
Four middle school and three high school teams will advance to the state competition, which will take place at IUPUI on March 28. Top teams from that contest will qualify for the 25th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, to be held in May at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga. At last year’s national tournament, Valparaiso’s high school team placed 11th out of 60 teams, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School placed 15th out of 60 teams.
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.
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. More than 5,000 teams competed in Science Olympiad nationwide in 2008.
Registration for 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 3:15 p.m. until 5 p.m.
IU Northwest is pleased to serve as a host site for the 2009 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament. The university thanks the participating schools, the competitors, and the many student, faculty, staff, and community volunteers who contribute each year to the success of this event.
For more information about the IU Northwest Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, please contact College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Nelson DeLeon at (219) 980-6742, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the Web at http://www.iun.edu/~olympiad