Hundreds of area students will test their wits and creativity March 11, when they compete in the Northern Illinois Regional Science Olympiad at Rock Valley College.
Organized to get students excited about science and raise the bar of science education in the U.S., the Olympiad is held in all 50 states and Canada.
The hands-on event, for high school and middle school students, covers all areas of science, biology (DNA, replication), chemistry (chemical reactions), physics (building a catapult), and earth science (rocks/minerals). Testing will include everything from the building and design of devices to paper and pencil tests.
The top students in each event will receive medals, while teams will get an overall score. The top teams will advance to the state tournament at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Northern Illinois Regional Science Olympiad Competition is Saturday, March 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the RVC main campus, 3301 N. Mulford Rd.
For more information, call Evan McHugh, Ph.D., RVC director of Science, at 921-3488.
From the March 8-14, 2006, issue