From UALR, a really cool opportunity for the state’s middle and high school students, some of whom may wind up leading the high-tech entrepreneurial community in the state one day soon:
UALR Hosts Arkansas Science Olympiad
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb 12, 2013) – UALR will hosts the Arkansas Science Olympiad Saturday, February 23, offering middle and high school students and their schools a chance to participate in the National Science Olympiad in Dayton, OH.
The state competition is sponsored by UALR’s College of Science and Mathematics, the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT), and College of the Ouachitas.
Unlike science fairs, the Science Olympiad consists of two or three students working together to solve various problems at the time of the competition. Each team consists of up to 15 students who spend months preparing for various events that cover life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and technical problem solving.
“The Arkansas Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female, and minority interest in science; creating a technology-literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers,” said Dr. Eric Kaufmann, professor of mathematics and statistics in the UALR College of Science and Mathematics and State Director for the Arkansas Science Olympiad.
The state competition begins at 8:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony and the parade of schools and ends at 4:45 p.m
The events will occur in four 60-minute periods with a 15-minute break in between.
The closing ceremony, which begins at 3:45 p.m., will include a keynote speaker, presentation of medals to the winning teams in each event, and the presentation of trophies for the top three teams in each division. The top team in each division will go to Dayton OH for the national tournament at Wright State University.
Kaufmann said that around 200 students from 15 different schools are expected to compete at the state tournament:
Division C (High School):
- Benton High School
- Parkview Science and Arts Magnet H.S.
- Little Rock Central High School (3 teams)
- Nettleton High School
- Haas Hall Academy
- Central Arkansas Christian School (2 teams)
- LISA Academy North
- LISA Academy West
Division B (Middle School):
- Horace Mann
- Benton Junior High
- LISA Academy West Campus
- Beebe Junior High School
- LISA Academy North Campus