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NNU hosts Science Olympiad competition April 9

April 5, 2011, 1:50 pm
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For the eleventh year, Northwest Nazarene University will host the annual Science Olympiad state competition Saturday, April 9.  The Science Olympiad, founded in 1983, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

This year approximately 900 Treasure Valley students, 28 senior high and 34 junior high school teams consisting of 15 students each, will gather to compete in the areas of chemistry, biology, physics, engineering and earth science. Science Olympiads are like academic track meets that consist of a series of 23 teams events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school).

Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.  Emphasis is place on active, hands-on group participation.  Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal. Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and the Science Olympiad encourages group learning with a goal of giving one’s best effort while displaying, honesty, integrity and sportsmanship that forge alliances.

Winning teams from Idaho junior high and high schools advance to the National Science Olympiad, May 20-21 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Teams will also receive awards donated by Hewlett-Packard and the Micron Foundation.

For more information contact Dr. Jennifer Chase, NNU biology professor, at 467-8892 or jrchase@nnu.edu or visit http://www.soinc.org.


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