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March 6, 2018 > Bay Area students compete in Science Olympiad

Bay Area students compete in Science Olympiad

Submitted By Peter Hung

Local junior high and high school students will display their smarts and skills at the ?Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad? tournament Saturday, March 10 at California State University, East Bay.

The National Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education and increasing student interest in science. The Science Olympiad has been on the cutting edge of educational innovations for 28 years. These innovations include an emphasis on high academic standards; demonstration of skills through performance testing; learning through hands-on, minds-on activities; cooperative learning through events which require teamwork; improved self-concept through success in achieving high standards; mastery learning of core curriculum goals and objectives; making applications and connections to the real world; and integrating not only the disciplines of science but the entire spectrum of learning. The Science Olympiad owes much of its success to the fact that it was developed by teachers for teachers and their students, and because it embodies the best of all educational research and innovation.

Each secondary team of 15 will prepare throughout the school year to compete in Science Olympiad tournaments held on local, state, and national levels. These inter-scholastic competitions consist of a series of 23 individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving, and technology. Events in the Science Olympiad have been designed to recognize the wide variety of skills that students possess. While some events require knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, others rely on science processes, skills or applications. This ensures that everyone can participate, including students from technology classes or advanced science classes.

Over 50 teams are signed up to compete in Hayward ? 28 in Division B (junior high), 29 in Division C (high school) ? and will test their abilities in 23 events, including Astronomy, Forensics, Meteorology, Optics, Rocks and Minerals, and Thermodynamics.

The public is invited to watch students at work in seven events: Battery Buggy, Roller Coasters, Tower, Wright Stuff, Helicopters, Mission Possible, and Mousetrap Vehicle.

For event times and locations or to learn more about the Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad, visit

Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad
Saturday, Mar 10
8:30 a.m. ? 3:20 p.m.: Competition
5:00 p.m. ? 7:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward

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