Local Schools to Participate in Science Olympiad at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 8, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University will host the Regional Science Olympiad for area high schools and junior high schools Feb. 13.The Olympiad, which will take place in Magill and Parker halls, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.  While this event began nationally 26 years ago, Southeast Missouri hosted its first Science Olympiad only seven years ago.  Last year was the first year the competition was held at the University.  “As a science teacher, I have never seen an activity that generates the interest and enthusiasm in students that this competition does,” Missouri State Science Olympiad Region VIII Director Melody Green said.  “Students are excited about being involved and proud to show off what they can do.”Five high schools and four junior high schools will participate in the 2010 Olympiad, which has separate divisions for high schools and junior high schools.  Schools participating in the event are Scott City High School, Fredericktown High School, East Prairie Senior and Junior High School, New Madrid Central High School, Meadow Heights Senior and Junior High School, Scott City Central Junior High School, Scott County Central Junior High School and Cape Central Junior High School. Each school is represented by a team of 15 students, with two students from each team competing in each event.  The events are correlated with Missouri’s Science Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs).Each division has 25 challenges in the areas of earth science, physics, biology, chemistry and engineering.  The 50-minute challenges include anatomy and physiology, ecology, astronomy, meteorology, forensics, cell biology, a junkyard challenge, mousetrap vehicles, protein building, disease detectives, trajectories, battery buggies and an egg-o-naut competition.  Teams that place first, second or third will advance to the State Science Olympiad March 27 at University of Missouri-Columbia. From there, first and second place winners will compete for the national prize at the National Science Olympiad May 21-22 at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. “The Science Olympiad reminds students that science can be fun.  They learn about areas of science beyond what the classroom environment can provide,” Green said.