Coe to host Iowa Science Olympiad on April 10

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-04-05 08:05:23 - General

Coe College will host the Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 300 middle and high school students from 15 schools across the state will be competing in the areas of math, science and engineering. The contests will be held in various buildings on the Coe campus, and many are open to the public at no charge.

Events featured at this year's Science Olympiad include meteorology, astronomy, robotics, physics, technical problem solving, chemistry, biology, ecology, forensics, GPS studies, fossils and ornithology. Faculty members from Coe College and Cornell College, along with employees from Rockwell Collins, Square D and KCRG, will be offering their expertise as they judge various projects and events.

The events will be held in Peterson Hall of Science, Hickok Hall, Eby Fieldhouse, and on the Library Quad. At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse, with the public invited to attend.

Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad 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. The state director for the Iowa Science Olympiad is Susan Noreuil, science teaching associate at Coe College.

The culmination of more than 240 regional and state tournaments is the Science Olympiad National Tournament, held at a different university every year. This year's national event will be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on May 20-22. At that time, the nation's most competitive Science Olympiad 15-member teams will compete in 46 events spanning the sciences, from chemistry, biology and physics to engineering, robotics and astronomy.

For more information, call 399-8524.