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Moravian College to Host Regional Science Olympiad Competition

Forty-three middle, junior, and high schools set to participate

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Students representing 43 middle, junior, and senior high schools will compete at Moravian College in a regional Science Olympiad on Friday, March 19. 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.

Participating schools in the 2004 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, Southern MS, Orefield MS, Northwest MS, Kutztown MS, Nazareth Area MS, Lincoln MS, Hamburg Area MS, Fleetwood MS, Boyertown West JHS, Twin Valley MS, Northampton HS, Oley Valley 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, Tulpehocken HS, Antietam HS, Schuylkill Valley HS, Fleetwood Area HS, Wyomissing HS, Reading HS, Exeter Township HS, Northwestern Lehigh HS, and Liberty 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 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 22 different events in each of two separate divisions. Events include bridge building, cell biology, forestry, fossils, meteorology (climate), metric estimation, mission possible, naked egg drop, robot scramble, science crime busters, sounds of music, water quality, wright stuff, and many 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. 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 610-861-7859.

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. For more information, visit www.moravian.edu.