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Moravian College to Host Regional Science Olympiad Competition

Students from 47 middle, junior, and senior high schools to compete on March 23

Bethlehem, Pa., March 14, 2007—Students representing 47 middle, junior, and senior high schools will compete at Moravian College in a regional Science Olympiad on Friday, March 23. The students, grade six through twelve, come from schools in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton counties. Science 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 tournament director is Dick Claussen, Coordinator of Academic Camps for Moravian College. More than 75 Moravian College students will serve as volunteers, doing everything from registration to organizing events. Dozens of area high school and middle school science teachers will serve as supervisors and judges.

This year’s Science Olympiad will showcase 23 different events in each of two separate divisions. Events are varied and include titles such as circuit lab, designer genes, ecology, entomology, forensics, mission possible, Fermi questions, road scholar, sounds of music, storm the castle, and many other interesting events that challenge students to apply principles of science to solve problems.

Participating schools in the 2007 Science Olympiad include Exeter Township JHS, Boyertown East JHS, Wyomissing JHS, East Hills MS, Governor Mifflin MS, Wilson Southern JHS, Conrad Weiser MS, Wilson Central JHS, Whitehall-Coplay MS, Northwest MS, Kutztown MS, Nazareth Area MS, Hamburg Area MS, Fleetwood MS, Twin Valley MS, Schuylkill Valley MS,  Lehigh Valley Academy MS, Moravian Academy MS, Muhlenberg MS, Northampton HS, Muhlenberg HS, Boyertown Area HS, Freedom HS, Whitehall HS, Daniel Boone HS, Nazareth HS, Kutztown Area HS, Governor Mifflin HS, Parkland HS, Conrad Weiser HS, Twin Valley HS, Hamburg Area HS, Wilson HS, Emmaus HS, Allentown Central Catholic HS, Schuylkill Valley HS, Fleetwood Area HS, Wyomissing HS, Exeter Township HS, Northwestern Lehigh HS, Liberty HS, and William Allen HS.

In addition, three schools from outside of the three-county area were given permission to participate this year to accommodate scheduling conflicts. These one-time entries are Mechanicsburg MS, Cumberland Valley HS and Shippensburg HS.

The program for the day starts when students begin arriving at 7:30 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, Breidegam Fieldhouse, and Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex. The winners of each event and the team rankings will be announced at an awards ceremony at 2:45 p.m.

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. For Science Olympiad results, visit the web site shortly after the event at http://www.moravian.edu/news/releases/science.

For more information about the Science Olympiad at Moravian College, please call Dick Claussen, Centraleastern Director, at 610-625-7859.