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Southeastern to host Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament on Saturday

DURANT, Okla. – More than 200 middle school and high school students from 15 public and private schools across Oklahoma will compete at Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, February 24, in the Oklahoma Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament.

The tournament is being hosted by the University’s Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physic Sciences.  The students will compete in 2-4 person teams in one or more of 46 events that include most areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Oklahoma has been involved in Science Olympiad for 17 years and this is Southeastern’s third year to host this Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament.

Science Olympiad competitions are similar to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team 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.  By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today, and the Science Olympiad encourages group learning by designing events that forge alliances.  In the Towers event, an engineering whiz and a kid from wood shop can become gold medalists. Similarly, a talented builder and a student with a good science vocabulary can excel in Write It Do It, one of Science Olympiad’s most popular events.

Schools from Calumet, Claremore, Jenks, Moore, Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Warr Acres in Oklahoma are among the entries.

Faculty and staff from the Department of Biological Science and Department of Chemistry, Computer, and Physical Sciences have volunteered to design events, write and grade exams, and provide the support to make this event happen.  In addition, more than 12 Southeastern student volunteers are signed up to help with the competitions.

Local school teachers and administrators interested in learning about the Science Olympiad are encouraged to visit and watch the competitions.  The goal is to promote enthusiasm toward science so that more students consider STEMs careers.

For more information about the Science Olympiad event, contact Dr. Tim Smith at tsmith@se.edu.