Science Olympiad scheduled at USD

Science Olympiad scheduled at USD The 21st Annual State Science Olympiad Tournament, hosted by The University of South Dakota will be held on April 2 on the USD campus in Vermillion.

Over 300 middle school and high school students representing schools throughout the state will be competing. Hosting this event requires the collaboration and support of many faculty, staff, and students across campus.

In addition, during the day there will be open house activities, which consist of demonstrations by members of the USD Physics Club. Teams participating in 2005 are: Mickelson Middle School, Brookings; Flandreau Middle and High School; Lennox Middle and High School; Mitchell Junior and Senior High School; Rapid City Stevens High School; Sacred Heart Middle School, Yankton; Whittier Middle School, Sioux Falls; Spearfish Middle and High School; Timber Lake Middle School; Tiospa Zina Middle School; Vermillion Middle School; Yankton Middle and High School; Brookings High School; and Little Wound Middle and High School.

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.

Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year.

The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology.

There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications. The events are judged and organized by USD faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the Science Olympiad and a brief description of the

events, visit www.soinc.org. For more information about the local events, please

contact Marie Steckelberg at 605-677-5805 or by email at msteckel@usd.edu.

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