Purdue to host regional Science Olympiad competition

February 22, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than 200 middle and high school students from throughout Indiana will test their scientific knowledge in the Science Olympiad regional competition March 2 at Purdue University.

The competition will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout campus and features 23 science and technology-related competitions. An awards ceremony will follow at 4:15 p.m. in the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall, Room 224.

Purdue's College of Science and the Science Olympiad Club are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. The full schedule can be found at http://www.purdue.edu/scienceo

"The Science Olympiad is a great opportunity to see students participating in exciting and challenging science activities," said Bill Walker, College of Science K-12 Outreach director. "Events such as Bottle Rockets and Robot Ramble are quite popular and fun to watch."

Each team consists of 15 students who are coached by teachers and parents, and also can be assisted by local scientists and engineers.

"The events are designed to stress science concepts, science processes, problem-solving skills, and applications of technology," said Mindy Hart, computer science outreach coordinator and Science Olympiad regional competition director. "Several events involve hands-on activities and inquiry-based science."

Schools participating in the West Lafayette Regional are:

* Bedford Middle School, Bedford

* Fountain Central High School, Veedersburg

* McCutcheon High School, Lafayette

* Mississinewa High School, Gas City

* New Community School, Lafayette

* Owen Valley High School, Spencer

* Park Tudor Upper School, Indianapolis

* Pike High School, Indianapolis

* Raymond Park Middle School, Indianapolis

* RJ Baskett Middle School, Gas City

* Sycamore School, Indianapolis

* Wainwright Middle School, Lafayette

* West Lafayette Junior High School, West Lafayette

* West Lafayette Senior High School, West Lafayette

Purdue's College of Science K-12 Outreach Program began in 1989 to support teachers and inspire students. Since then, more than 7,000 teachers and 580,000 students throughout the state have participated in its programs.

For more information about the Science Olympiad Regional competition and times for specific events, contact Mindy Hart at mindy@purdue.edu or Bill Walker at (765) 494-5890, wswalker@purdue.edu.

Media contact: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

Sources: Mindy Hart, 765-494-7802, mindy@purdue.edu

Bill Walker, 765-494-5890, wswalker@purdue.edu

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