Purdue Hosts 2006 Science Olympiad
The 2006 State Science Olympiad Competition will be hosted by Purdue University on Saturday, March 25 on the West Lafayette campus. Science Olympiad is a one day competition with over 50 middle and high school teams participating. The College of Science K-12 Outreach Coordinators and Purdue student members of the Science Olympiad Club have organized the event which is expected to attract more than 1,000 students. An additional 1,000 people including coaches, family members, and spectators are expected at the event as well.
Science Olympiad will consist of 23 science and technology events, and teams who perform well at the State level will qualify for the national competition. Highlighted events include Mission Possible, Scrambler, Robot Ramble, and Forensics. Mission Possible is a Rube-Goldberg styled event challenging students to build a device that allow for energy transfer to complete a task. In the Scrambler event contestants build a mechanical device which will transport an egg along a straight track, stopping as close to a terminal barrier as possible without breaking the egg. Robot Ramble has participants build a robot capable of performing certain tasks such as moving items from one location to another. The Forensics challenge gives students a crime scenario and some possible suspects. The students then perform a series of tests to solve the crime.
"The events are designed to stress science concepts, science processes, problem solving skills, and applications of technology," said Mindy Hart, Computer Science Outreach Coordinator and Supervisor for the Purdue University Science Olympiad competition. Events range across many fields of science, and many local scientists and engineers will help students prepare for the competition. Teachers and parents are also involved in coaching.
Science Olympiad will begin with an opening ceremony and conclude with an awards ceremony. It is open to the public and will take place from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For additional information contact Mindy Hart (email@example.com, 765-494-7802) or Bill Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org, 765-494-5890).