Coe set to host Iowa Science Olympiad competition March 25

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-03-09 09:44:55 - General

Iowa Science Olympiad logoMore than 450 middle and high school students from 30 schools across the state will compete in the 2017 Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 25 at Coe College. The contests will be held throughout the day in Peterson Hall of Science, Stuart Hall and Eby Fieldhouse. At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse. The public is invited to all of the day's activities in Eby Fieldhouse, which will feature competition in math, science and engineering.

Among the 23 events featured at this year's Science Olympiad are meteorology, astronomy, robotics, physics, chemistry, biology, forensics, GPS studies, engineering, invasive species and bottle rockets. Faculty members from Coe College, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa and Mount Mercy University, along with employees from Rockwell Collins and KGAN-TV, will be offering their expertise as they judge various projects and events.

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.

Each year, Coe College hosts the Iowa state tournament for Science Olympiad. This tournament is a team-based competition that consists of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. The winning team advances to the National Science Olympiad tournament, which will be held at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in May.

For more information, call 319-399-8524.