|SOUTHEASTERN HOSTS "SERIOUSLY SCIENTIFIC FUN" AT LOUISIANA SCIENCE
OLYMPIAD, APRIL 24
HAMMOND -- Students from 26 Louisiana
middle, junior high and high schools will gather at Southeastern Louisiana
University April 24 for some seriously scientific fun and games.
The students are finalists in
the state Science Olympiad, which Southeastern is hosting for the third
year. Teams were chosen for the state championship after finishing in the
top five at district olympiads.
Students will compete in several
dozen events that use the format of popular board games, television shows
and athletic games to test their knowledge of science disciplines such
as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology.
In “Science Crime Busters,” teams
will have to correctly identify liquids, solids and other materials at
a make-believe crime scene. “Reach for the Stars” will test students knowledge
of astronomy, while “Road Scholar” will require them to interpret and understand
a variety of road and topographic maps.
Other contests will challenge
teams to design and build working contraptions such as trick-performing
robots, model bridges, and pop bottle rockets, and to construct devices
that will safely cradle dropped or propelled eggs.
The Southeastern Olympiad is
being coordinated by chemistry professor Linda Munchausen, who has recruited
fellow faculty members to supervise the dozens of scientific contests.
“We’re looking forward to having
a great time again this year with these bright, eager future scientists,”
Munchausen said. “The Science Olympiad is a proven success in increasing
student scores and student interest in science – and it’s great public
relations for our profession of science education.”
The Science Olympiad’s opening
ceremony is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. in the War Memorial Student Union mall.
The day’s events will end with awards ceremonies at 4:30 p.m., in the Student
Union Theatre for the high school division and in the Student Union ballroom
for the middle school-junior high division.
Participating schools are:
ALEXANDRIA – Alexandria Country
BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Magnet
BOUTTE – Hahnville High School.
BREAUX BRIDGE – Saint Bernard
School, Breaux Bridge High School.
CHALMETTE – Andrew Jackson High
FORT NECESSITY – Fort Necessity
LAFAYETTE – Our Lady of Fatima
School, Paul Breaux Middle School, Lafayette High School.
MANDEVILLE – Mandeville High
METAIRIE – Ridgewood Preparatory,
Saint Martin’s Episcopal School.
NATCHITOCHES – Louisiana School
for Math, Science, and the Arts.
NEW IBERIA – Belle Place Middle
School, New Iberia Senior High School, Westgate High School.
NEW ORLEANS – Louise S. McGehee
School, Saint George’s Episcopal School, Saint Paul’s Episcopal School,
Benjamin Franklinton High School, Mount Carmel Academy.
SHREVEPORT – Saint Mark’s Cathedral
School, Caddo Magnet School, Fair Park High School, Northwood High School.
For additional information about
the Louisiana Science Olympiad, call Munchausen at 985-549-3935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available online at www.selu.edu/msub.