On March 21, some 900 students and spectators from middle and high schools across Central Pennsylvania will flock to Millersville University for the region’s 8th annual Science Olympiad competition. The students will compete in teams for a chance to compete at the state and national levels.
The one-day competition will consist of 23 events, with disciplines ranging from biology and chemistry to engineering and technology. The 50 schools registered will be broken up into two divisions: the “B” Division consisting of middle school students and the “C” Division of their high school counterparts.
Each division will have its own set of 23 events (some of which coincide with the other’s) which will put the students’ scientific minds to the test. Events will focus on aspects of science including forensics, fossils, meteorology and disease detection.
“Middle school and high school students enjoy getting involved in Science Olympiad because they get to use their scientific knowledge to engage in friendly competition with their peers from the surrounding Central Pa. area,” said Dr. Maria Schiza, associate professor of chemistry. “Students also get to visit our campus and see our science facilities.”
The annual competition often draws a large crowd made up of competitors, families, teachers and MU students and staff.
“The event brings together local school students, teachers as well as MU students and faculty for a day of fun and scientific competition,” said Dr. Schiza. “The efforts of the students and their teachers are recognized during the award ceremony, when the top five or six teams can potentially advance and compete at the state and national levels.”
The competition, which will be hosted by Dr. Schiza, site director Dr. Mehmet Goksu and Dr. Aimee Miller, will take place primarily in Pucillo Gymnasium on Millersville’s campus.
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