TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — More than 600 students are expected to participate in the 2017 Regional Science Olympiad competition at The University of Alabama Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 9 a.m.
Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization founded in 1982 that promotes teamwork in disciplines of life science, earth and space science, physical science and chemistry, and technology and engineering among elementary, middle and high school students.
The regional competition for middle and high school students, hosted by UA, is just one of many to take place across the country. Winners advance to compete in the state and national competitions. More than 12,000 schools from all 50 states participate in Science Olympiad events each year.
Events scheduled for the middle school students include anatomy, ecology, experimental design, hovercraft, optics, wind power and more.
In the high school division, students can compete in electric vehicle, forensics, helicopters, remote sensing, hydrogeology, towers and more.
The events will conclude with two awards presentations at 3:15 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theatre and the Ballroom in the Ferguson Center.
For more information, visit scienceolympiad.as.ua.edu
Alabama schools that have registered to participate in this year’s event include Baldwin Arts & Academics Magnet, Berry Middle School, Brewton Middle School, B.B. Comer Middle School, Hewitt-Trussville Middle School, JCIB Middle School, Lee-Scott Academy, Our Lady of the Valley, Trinity Presbyterian, West Alabama Christian School, Alabama School of Math and Science, Bayside Academy, Brewbaker Technology Magnet, John Carroll Catholic, B.B. Comer High School, Helena, JCIB High School, Lamp Magnet High School, Leeds High School, McAdory High School, Meek High School, Muscle Shoals High School, Oak Mountain High School, Prattville High School, Vestavia Hills High School.
UA’s College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering are co-hosting the competition.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.