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EWU To Host Science Olympiad

Published: April 08, 2016

CHENEY, Washington - They are some of the brightest and most inquisitive students in the state, and they'll be descending on the Eastern Washington University campus Saturday, April 16 for the 2016 Washington Science Olympiad.

This is the 30th anniversary of the Washington Science Olympiad, and EWU's College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) is proud to host an event that improves the quality of K-12 education in the state and showcases the university's STEM-related programs.

Approximately 800 middle and high school students will be competing in a total of 50 events - including Disease Detectives, Crime Busters, Mission Possible, Wright Stuff and Electric Vehicle. The challenging events are separated into different categories of Biological/Life Science, Technology/Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science and Inquiry/Nature of Science. Each event is designed to test knowledge, problem-solving and application skills.

Opening ceremonies for the state Olympiad will begin at 8 a.m., inside the Reese Court Pavilion, with events scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. throughout campus. Ten engineering events (such as Air Trajectory, Bridge Building and Bottle Rocket) are open to the public - and are fun events to watch. After events and judging, winners will be announced during closing ceremonies, starting at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend the daylong competition.

Students taking part in the state tournament have all advanced from regional competitions around Washington. Winners of this event will advance to the national Science Olympiad tournament at the University of Wisconsin (Stout), May 13-14. Due to a higher number of middle school teams that competed in the 2015-16 season, two middle school teams will advance to the national tournament - when normally only one advances. All teams that participated this year helped improve the level of science aptitude in the state.

For more information visit the EWU Science Olympiad website or contact tournament Co-Director Sue Murphy at 509.359.6809.


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