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IU Northwest to host 2012 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Feb. 18

Campus proudly hosts one of eight Indiana Regional Tournaments for the National Science Olympiad organization


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Middle and high school students from 19 schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties will demonstrate their science and engineering talents at the 2012 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Indiana University Northwest.

The event, hosted for the 11th straight year by IU Northwest, offers the community an opportunity to see a Science Olympiad in action. Young scientists from across the region will gather to flex their academic muscle in dozens of carefully planned science and engineering events, such as designing robots, building vehicles, performing chemistry experiments and more.

Competing middle schools include Gavit Middle School; Chesterton Middle School; Clifford Pierce Middle School; Colonel John Wheeler Middle School; Fegely Middle School; St. Michael Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Competing high schools include Crown Point, Chesterton, Marquette, Griffith, Michigan City, Hanover Central, Portage, Highland, and Valparaiso.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. The competition begins at 8 a.m. in the Savannah Gymnasium, with closing ceremonies at 3 p.m. and trophy presentations at 4 p.m. Results will be announced at the end of the awards ceremony.

Winners will advance to the state competition on Saturday, March 24 at Indiana University Bloomington. From there, the top teams will advance to the national tournament on May 18 and 19 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In last year’s regional tournament, local high schools advancing to the state tournament included Michigan City High School and Chesterton High School. Local middle schools advancing were Thomas Jefferson, Chesterton and Grimmer.

As a national non-profit organization launched in 1982, Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving K-12 science education. 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.

The public is invited to view the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. The Savannah Center is located on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

For more information about the IU Northwest Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, contact College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Nelson DeLeon, Ph.D. at (219) 980-6742, or email him at You may also visit the Web at