Over 200 middle school and high school students representing schools throughout the state of South Dakota will compete. Hosting this event requires the collaboration and support of many faculty, staff and students. For the state tournament, faculty, staff and students from USD organize and judge these events.
In addition to the competition, there will be open house activities, which consist of: demonstrations by members of USD's physics club, tours of the Sanford School of Medicine and a demonstration of science videogames by pullUin Software.
This year's participating schools include: Brandon Valley Middle School; Brookings High School; Dakota Valley High School, North Sioux City; Flandreau middle and high schools; Gayville-Volin middle and high schools; Mickelson Middle School, Brookings; Mitchell middle and high schools; Sacred Heart Middle School, Yankton; Spearfish middle and high schools; Timber Lake Middle School; Vermillion middle and high schools; and Yankton middle and high Schools.
The current event schedules for the middle and high school divisions are located on the state Web site: www.usd.edu/math/sdscioly/. To get a brief description of the events, go to national Web site: www.soinc.org.
For more information, contact Clark Bennett, state director of the South Dakota Science Olympiad at 605-677-5248.
Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recog-nition for outstanding ach-ievement 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, mathematics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.