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March 4, 2014 > Young scientists prepare for Science Olympiad

Young scientists prepare for Science Olympiad

Submitted By Barbara Little

Budding young scientists from throughout the Bay Area and surrounding areas are gearing up for the 10th Annual Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad slated for Saturday, March 15 at California State University, East Bay, (CSU, EB) Hayward. More than 1,100 students representing bay area junior and senior high schools will participate in the day-long event and the public is invited to attend.

The Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad is sponsored by the Bay Area Science League and the California Science League. Charlene Lebastchi, College of Science, Cal State East Bay, and Barbara Little, Northern California Science Olympiad State Director, are coordinating the event. They will join more than 150 volunteers, including CSU, EB faculty and students, who will judge or assist with the competition.

ÒCal State East Bay is excited to have the opportunity to host the Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad,Ó said Dr. Michael Leung, Dean of College of Science. ÒThis event will add to all the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs and outreach activities currently in place in the Bay Area. The University is a strong supporter of our nationÕs effort to encourage students to enter STEM fields. The Science Olympiad program inspires and challenges students to become the future innovators of our country.Ó

The Regional Science Olympiad consists of individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology. Some events require knowledge of scientific facts and concepts, while others rely on science processes, skills, or application. Several events require students to build devices prior to the competition, such as Wheeled Vehicle and Helicopter. For Wheeled Vehicle, students design, build and test a vehicle that uses elastic material as the propulsion energy, and for Helicopters, students design, build and test a propelled aerodynamic device.

Tri-City schools represented include: American High, Irvington High, Mission San Jose High, Hopkins Junior High, Mission Valley Elementary, Gomes Elementary, Mission San Jose Elementary, Logan High in Union City, and Milpitas High School.

The top four teams in each division advance to the Northern California (Nor Cal) Science Olympiad State Finals. This yearÕs state Science Olympiad will be hosted by the Sacramento Region and is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock.

Bay Area Regional Science Olympiad
Saturday, Mar 15
8:30 a.m. Ð 4:00 p.m.
CSU East Bay Campus, Gymnasium
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(209) 238-1710

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