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2024 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament to be held at IU Northwest

Middle, high school students from 22 teams to participate; view rising scientists in action

Community Jan 30, 2024
IU Northwest will host the 2024 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 17.
IU Northwest will host the 2024 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 17.

Twenty-two teams of middle and high school students from 18 schools in Lake, Porter, Hamilton, Noble, Tippecanoe, Pulaski and LaPorte counties, and surrounding communities, will demonstrate their science and engineering talents at the 2024 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 17 at Indiana University Northwest.

The event, hosted for the 23rd straight year by IU Northwest, offers the community an opportunity to see a Science Olympiad in action. Young scientists from across the region will gather to flex their academic muscle in dozens of carefully planned science and engineering events, such as designing robots, building vehicles, performing chemistry experiments and more.

The competing middle schools are: East Chicago Urban Enterprise Academy, Griffith Jr High School, Grimmer Middle School, Hal E. Clark Middle School, Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, Kahler Middle School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Winamac Middle School.

The competing high schools are: Chesterton High School, Crown Point High School, East Noble High School, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Highland High School, Lowell High School, Marquette Catholic High School, McCutcheon High School, Mt. Vernon High School and Winamac Community High School.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. in various rooms of Marram Hall, Hawthorn Hall and sections of the Savannah Gymnasium. Following competitions, the awards ceremony, which will highlight results, will take place in the Savannah Gymnasium beginning at 4:15 p.m.

The top five middle schools and the top four high school teams will advance to the state competition on March 23 at Purdue University Northwest. From there, the top teams will advance to the national tournament, which is being held at Michigan State University from May 24 – 25.

As a national non-profit organization launched in 1982, Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving K-12 science education. Science Olympiad represents an ideal opportunity for middle and high school students to meet and interact with scientists, academicians, college students, local engineers and community members in a competitive, yet enjoyable, setting. Tournaments are designed to emphasize problem-solving aspects of science and the understanding of scientific concepts; develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students; and demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

The public is invited to attend the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. The Savannah Center is located on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

For more information about the IU Northwest Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, visit iun.edu/science-olympiad.com/index.htm, or contact Harold Olivey at 219-980-6724 | holivey@iun.edu.

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