• Fri. Mar 24th, 2023

Penn State Wilkes-Barre hosts Science Olympiad


Mar 18, 2023

DALLAS, Pa. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre welcomed tons of of center and highschool college students all through the area for an annual science competitors on March 8.

The Northeast Regional Science Olympiad event introduced greater than 800 college students from 27 excessive colleges and 15 center colleges throughout northeastern Pennsylvania to take part in a daylong interscholastic competitors. The occasion has been held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre for greater than twenty years.

Science Olympiad is a global nonprofit group dedicated to enhancing the standard of science training, growing scholar curiosity in science and offering recognition for excellent achievement in science training by each college students and lecturers. College students compete in intramural, district, state and nationwide tournaments throughout their time with Science Olympiad. Groups of 15 college students are challenged by STEM-related occasions that span biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, engineering and inquiry. College students often work in pairs constructing gadgets for testing at tournaments, learning for core information challenges and getting ready for rigorous hands-on lab experiments. The event challenges and actions assist put together them to work as a part of a staff in a future STEM profession.

The Northeast Regional Science Olympiad event featured a complete of 46 occasions (23 for center faculty and 23 for highschool) overlaying varied disciplines of science. Interactive occasions had been additionally a big a part of the day, with aggressive actions like “Storm the Fort,” the place scholar groups constructed mechanical gadgets to launch objects over a wall, and “Wheeled Car,” through which college students constructed a automobile that needed to journey a specified distance and navigate obstacles with precision and accuracy.

“We look ahead to internet hosting Science Olympiad every year,” mentioned Timothy Sichler, assistant educating professor {of electrical} engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and coordinator of the Northeast Regional Science Olympiad event on the campus. “It’s superb to see the turnout of scholars in our area who’re considering STEAM and associated profession paths. We’ve seen former Science Olympiad opponents go on to turn into medical professionals, engineers and past. A few of them first sparked their pursuits within the sciences via their participation within the event right here at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.”

The day concluded with awards and shutting ceremonies within the Athletic and Recreation Constructing at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Chris Bohinski of Pa Dwell! served as host of the award ceremony for the second yr. The best scoring groups from the native event have been invited to compete within the state event to be held at Penn State Altoona on April 22. In the highschool division, these groups had been Athens Space Excessive Faculty, first place; North Pocono Excessive Faculty, second place; Dallas Excessive Faculty, third place; Stroudsburg Excessive Faculty, fourth place; Pocono Mountain East Excessive Faculty, fifth place; and Wallenpaupack Space Excessive Faculty, sixth place. Within the center faculty division, these colleges had been Harlan Rowe Center Faculty, first place; North Pocono Junior Excessive Faculty, second place; Abington Heights Center Faculty, third place; Wayne Highlands Center Faculty, fourth place; Wyalusing Valley Junior/Senior Excessive Faculty, fifth place; Pocono Mountain East Junior Excessive Faculty, sixth place; Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior Excessive Faculty, seventh place; and Wilkes-Barre Academy, eighth place.

Sponsors for the occasion had been Gosh Yarn It, C&G Tutoring and Mark J. Sobeck Roof Consulting Inc.