Coe to host Iowa Science Olympiad on April 4

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-03-27 09:26:38 - General

Coe College will host the Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 300 middle and high school students from 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 herpetology. Faculty members from Coe College and Cornell College, along with employees from Rockwell Collins, the Iowa DNR, Square D, Eurofin Scientific 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.

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. Science Olympiad celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Science Olympiad National Tournament at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga., on May 15-16, 2009. 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.