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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – More than 600 students representing 40 junior and senior high schools will be competing at Moravian College in a regional Science Olympiad on Friday, March 16, 2001. The students, grades six through twelve, will come from schools in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. The Olympiad is an academic, interscholastic event culminating in regional, state, and national tournaments, designed to increase student interest in science, recognize outstanding student/teacher achievement, and improve the quality of science education.
The program for the day starts when students begin arriving at 7:00 a.m. for registration. Introductory remarks will be given at 8:30 a.m. in Johnston Hall. The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. in a variety of locations. The majority of events will be held in the Collier Hall of Science. Additional events will be held in the Haupert Union Building, Breidigam Field house, and Reeves Library. A nature quest event will be held outdoors in the Quad. The winners of each event and the team rankings will be announced at an awards ceremony at 2:45 p.m.
More than 75 Moravian College students will serve as volunteers, doing everything from registration to coordinating the competition. Dozens or area high school and middle school science teachers will serve as judges and supervisors.
This year’s Science Olympiad will hold 22 events including: battery buggy, bridge building, cell biology, disease detective, mission possible, metric estimation, qualitative analysis, using the web, and others.
The Science Olympiad is a national, non-profit organization designed to promote scientific literacy among all students, a goal shared by education, industry, business, and government.
The tournament director is Dick Claussen, Coordinator of Academic Camps for Moravian College.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian College is located at Main and Locust streets in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more information, call 610-861-1491. For Science Olympiad results, visit the web site at www.moravian.edu. after the event.