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KU to Host Berks County Science Olympiad

January 2, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University will once again host the Berks County Science Olympiad on Thursday, Jan. 9.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the McFarland Student Union (MSU). A meeting, including all the participants, will be held in the multipurpose room at 8:30 a.m., followed by the competition at 8:50 a.m. at various locations on campus. The competition will conclude with an awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the MSU.

In case of inclement weather the event will take place Friday, Jan. 10. 

In its 30th year, the Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of K-12 science education, creating a passion for learning science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, professional development workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, national and international tournaments.

The Olympiad is organized by schools at the junior high and senior high levels. Each school sends one team to compete in a variety of events. High school teachers serve as the coaches, judges, and coordinators.

Olympiad competitions are conducted at four levels - local, regional, state, and national. The local competition is designed to prepare students for regional competition. No teams are eliminated in the local competition.

The schools participating in the competition held at KU include:  Boyertown Area Senior High School, Conrad Weiser High School, Daniel Boone Area High School, Exeter Township Senior High School, Fleetwood Senior High School, Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Hamburg Area Jr./Sr. High School, Kutztown Area Senior High School, Reading High School, Schuylkill Valley High School, Sun Valley High School, West Chester Rustin High School, Wilson High School, and Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School.

The official website of the International Science Olympiad is http://www.soinc.org/.