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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento
April 3, 2008

Young minds gather for annual science competition

About 600 of the area’s brightest middle and high school students will visit the campus as Sacramento State hosts the 22nd Sacramento regional Science Olympiad Saturday, April 5.

Students will participate in science-based games, activities and projects that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology.

“Events like this, where science is presented as a fun series of challenges, not only helps young students learn, but gives them a hands-on opportunity to see how science applies to everyday life,” says Jill Trainer, Dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. “Hopefully, this will help encourage them to continue to pursue educational careers in science and technology.”

During the Olympiad, students will conduct experiments in 40 science-related areas including meteorology, energy consumption, food webs, heredity, food science and electronic circuitry.

The top three middle and high school teams will go on to compete at the Northern California Science Olympiad at the University of California, Merced April 26. Those winners are eligible to compete in the national competition May 30-31 at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

The Science Olympiad is a community program sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Center for STEM Excellence, the College of Continuing Education and SMUD.

The Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.

For more information on the Science Olympiad, contact Manuela McClary at (916) 278-5485. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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