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."
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."