|SOUTHEASTERN HOSTS LOUISIANA SCIENCE OLYMPIAD APRIL 16
HAMMOND -- Students from
30 Louisiana middle, junior high and high schools will gather at Southeastern
Louisiana University April 16 for some seriously scientific fun and games.
The students are finalists
in the state Science Olympiad, which Southeastern is hosting for the fourth
year. Teams were chosen for the state championship after finishing in the
top five at regional competitions.
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
scientist,” Munchausen said. “The Science Olympiad is a proven success
in increasing student scores and student interest in science B 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:
BATON ROUGE: Baton Rouge
Magnet High School
BREAUX BRIDGE: Breaux
Bridge High School, St. Bernard School
DELHI: Delhi Middle
GRETNA: Archbishop Blenk
LAFAYETTE: Lafayette High
School, Cathedral-Carmel School, Our Lady of Fatima School, Paul Breaux
MERAUX: N.P. Trist Middle
METAIRIE: Ridgewood Preparatory
School for Math, Science and the Arts
NEW IBERIA: New Iberia
Senior High School, St. Thomas More High School, Belle Place Middle School
NEW ORLEANS: St. Paul’s
Episcopal School, Louise S. McGehee Middle School, Benjamin Franklin Senior
High, Mount Carmel Academy
ST. AMANT: St. Amant
SHREVEPORT: Caddo Parish
Magnet High School, C.E. Byrd High School, Northwood High School, Fair
Park High School, St. Mark’s Cathedral School, Turner Middle School.
For additional information
about the Louisiana Science Olympiad, call Munchausen at 985-549-3935 or