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Young scientists compete at WMU this weekend

March 11, 2009

KALAMAZOO--More than 400 middle and high school students from Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale and Kalamazoo counties will gather for the Region 10 Science Olympiad competition Saturday, March 14, at Western Michigan University.

The competition runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in various campus locations, and awards will be presented from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Ballroom. Competitive events will take place in the Lee Honors College, Wood Hall, Rood Hall, Chemistry Building and the Student Recreation Center. More than 100 WMU students, faculty and staff are involved in some aspect of the event.

There are 46 different events in the competition designed to test competitor's knowledge of physical, applied, and health science areas. Individuals and teams will compete in events such as: flight; tower building for efficiency; classical biology, physics and chemistry; technical writing; remote sensing and others.

The Science Olympiad is a national, nonprofit organization designed to promote scientific literacy among all students, a goal shared by education, business, industry and government.

The Region 10 tournament directors are Marty Buehler of Hastings Area Schools and Scot Conant of WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

For more information, contact Scot Conant at scot.conant@wmich.edu or (269) 276-3272.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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