IU Northwest to host 2019 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Feb. 16

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STUDENTS FROM THREE counties will converge on IU Northwest for the annual Science Olympics Regional Tournament, which is also open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 16. Winners will advance to state and national competitions.

Public is invited to attend the free event and see rising scientists in action

Twenty-three teams of middle and high school students from 19 schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, and surrounding communities, will demonstrate their science and engineering talents at the 2019 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 16 at Indiana University Northwest.

The event, hosted for the 18th  straight year by IU Northwest, offers the community an opportunity to see a Science Olympiad in action. Young scientists from across the region will gather to flex their academic muscle in dozens of carefully planned science and engineering events, such as designing robots, building vehicles, performing chemistry experiments, and more.

Competing middle schools from the area include: Chesterton, Forest Ridge, Grimmer, Kahler, Our Lady of Grace, St. Michael, St. Patrick, Thomas Jefferson, and Victory Christian Academy.

Competing high schools from the area include: Chesterton, Crown Point, Highland, La Porte, Marquette Catholic, Morton, North Judson – San Pierre, Portage, Michigan City, and Valparaiso.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. The competition begins at 9 a.m. in the Savannah Gymnasium and other campus locations, with closing ceremonies at 4 p.m. and trophy presentations at 5:30 p.m. Results will be announced at the end of the awards ceremony.

Winners will advance to the state competition Saturday, March 16 at Indiana University Bloomington. From there, the top teams will advance to the national tournament on May 31-June 1 at Cornell University in New York.

As a national non-profit organization launched in 1982, Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving K-12 science education. Science Olympiad represents an ideal opportunity for middle and high school students to meet and interact with scientists, academicians, college students, local engineers, and community members in a competitive yet enjoyable setting. Tournaments are designed to emphasize problem-solving aspects of science and the understanding of scientific concepts; develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students; and demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

The public is invited to attend the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. The Savannah Center is located on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

For more information about the IU Northwest Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, contact Nelson DeLeon at 219-980-6742, or email him at ndeleon@iun.edu. You may also visit the Web at http://www.iun.edu/science-olympiad/

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