Rock Valley College to host 30th annual Science Olympiad March 15

Staff Report

Hundreds of area students will test their wits and creativity Saturday, March 15, when they compete in the Northern Illinois Regional Science Olympiad at Rock Valley College (RVC). The event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the RVC main campus (3301 N. Mulford Road) with an awards ceremony at the end of the competition.

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, including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and engineering. Testing will include everything from building rubber band-powered helicopters and bottle rocket missiles, to working hands-on with various data collecting lab instrumentation and then using that data to analyze various science-related problems.

This is the 30th year the Science Olympiad will be held at RVC.

The top students in each event will receive medals, while teams will earn an overall score. The top six high school teams and top four middle school teams will advance to the state tournament at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Saturday, April 12.

There will be 18 Varsity and Junior Varsity Division B (Middle School) teams as well as 23 Varsity and Junior Varsity Division C (High School) teams competing. The following schools are scheduled to compete in this year’s Science Olympiad: Durand Junior High School, Butler Middle School, Rockford Christian Middle School, Roscoe Middle School, Stephen Mack Middle School, Harlem Middle School, Eisenhower Middle School, Thomas Middle School, Sundling Junior High School, Westminster Christian Middle School, Addison Trail High School, Belvidere North High School, Boylan Catholic High School, Durand High School, Harlem High School, Hononegah High School, North Boone High School, Prairie Ridge High School, Guilford High School, Lake Park High School, Rockford Auburn High School, Rockford Christian High School, Westminster Christian High School, Woodstock North High School, H.D. Jacobs High School and Streamwood High School.

Call Evan McHugh, Ph.D., at (815) 621-7686 for more details.

From the March 12-18, 2014 print edition