The Regional Science Olympiad, a premier competition for sixth-12th graders in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computers, earth science, ecology, and scientific method applications, will be hosted Feb. 10 at Southeast Missouri State University.
The Olympiad events begin in Magill Hall and Parker PE gym at 9 a.m. and will come to a close at 3 p.m. with awards in Rhodes Hall at 3:30 p.m.
Seven teams are registered with 15-16 students on each team. These teams represent five school districts in southeast Missouri. Two of the teams will compete in Division B which includes sixth through ninth grade students, and five teams will compete in Division C which includes ninth through 12th grade students. The Olympiad features a variety of events, including engineering, construction, test formats, hands-on-experiments, labs and game designing. Some areas incorporated in the competition are forensics, ecology, anatomy and physiology. Students have the opportunity to build and test their own devices before they compete.
“Science Olympiad is an international competition that seeks to promote students’ interest in the different areas of science and gives students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in creative and fun ways,” said Melody Green, Regional Science Olympiad facilitator.
Students placing first and second will qualify to compete in the Missouri State Science Olympiad competition held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. From the state competition, first and second place teams in both divisions will advance to the National Science Olympiad competition in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Southeast College of Science, Technology and Agriculture hosts the competition with Dr. Margaret Hill, professor of physics, serving as Olympiad liaison for the event. The Southeast Chemistry Club, as well as biology, physics and earth science students supervise and judge events, while Southeast faculty assist with developing tests.
“Students with the University that work with Science Olympiad get a chance to experience the ‘fun’ of science and be a part of a tremendous learning experience for these junior high and high school students, and the satisfaction of knowing they have helped to provide these young students an opportunity to go to the state and perhaps even to the national competition,” said Green.
Missouri Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization that operates under the National Science Olympiad which is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.
For more than 30 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. Science Olympiad continues to challenge, inspire and inform the academic and professional careers of students and instructors across America. Science Olympiad is recognized as a model program by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in the 2007 report, “Innovation America: Building a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Agenda.” Science Olympiad is committed to increasing global competitiveness for the next generation of scientists.