High School Students and Teachers to Compete in U of G Science Olympics

May 11, 2010 - News Release

From cockroach races to barnyard science and gladiatorial math, the second annual Science Olympics at the University of Guelph will involve about 530 high school students vying for prizes May 13.

Teams of students from 21 high schools will compete in junior and senior categories in contests in biology, physical sciences, nanoscience, and agricultural and environmental sciences. Events will include building catapults, making paper airplanes, completing short chemistry experiments, and building solar cells and analyzing electrical circuits.

A teacher challenge called “My Teacher Is Smarter than Yours” will follow the student events. Teachers will use classroom clickers in Rozanski Hall to answer multiple-choice questions on a big screen and win scientific equipment for classroom use.

New this year is a cross-campus scavenger hunt called “All Things Science.”

“We want them to get to know the campus,” says Guelph student Michael Zima, who just completed his second year in earth and atmospheric science

He designed this year’s event after holding an environment-themed scavenger hunt on campus last fall.

“Students are inspired by the challenge of competing in events,” says co-ordinator Bonnie Lasby, recruitment officer for the College of Physical and Engineering Science (CPES). “The goal is to interest students in science at the University of Guelph and to challenge them.”

Events will be run by volunteers in CPES, the College of Biological Science and the Ontario Agricultural College. Many events will take place in the science complex, but the Olympics begins with a welcome in Rozanski Hall, 9 a.m.

For more information, visit the website or call 519 824-4120 Ext. 53049

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