Science Olympiad 2011  

March 21, 2011

More than 350 students from 18 area schools attended the 22nd Annual Regional Science Olympiad competition held at the University of Nebraska, Kearney on March 22, 2011. Students competed in 20 hands-on group activities that ranged from mouse trap vehicles to bottle rockets and science crime busters - all of which tests the students' science knowledge and engineering skills.

One of Science Olympiad's main goals is to bring academic competition to the same level of recognition and praise normally reserved for athletic competitions. Much like a football or soccer team, competitive Science Olympiad teams prepare throughout the year for tournaments.  Students, teachers, coaches, principals and parents bond together and work toward a shared goal. Bob Lungrin, Department Director of Professional Development at ESU 10, says "Teamwork is a required skill in most scientific careers today and by providing group learning through this event we offer students a chance to develop their talents."

Participating schools from Middle School or Jr. High and Senior High levels include Alma, Anselmo-Merna, Arcadia, Elba, Gothenburg, Grand Island Northwest, Kearney Catholic, Lexington, Loup City, North Loup-Scotia, Omaha Skutt Catholic, Ord, Paxton, Ravenna, SEM (Sumner-Eddyville-Miller), Spalding, and St. Paul.

"ESU 10 would like to thank the University of Nebraska at Kearney for providing the facility and help with coordination of events, Nebraska Department of Education for hosting the state competition and area teachers who serve as coaches as well as judges for this competition," says Gaylene Mays coordinator of the Science Olympiad.  "Together we work to make this a fun, educational and successful tournament."