More than 500 students representing 17 high schools and 17 middle schools in the state will travel to New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) tomorrow to compete in the New Jersey Science Olympiad. NJIT will host the event for the first time this year and also is a co-sponsor with the Research and Development Council of New Jersey. NJIT faculty and staff will supervise and judge the 16 different events.
An awards ceremony will take place from 3-4 p.m. in the second-floor Ballroom of the NJIT Campus Center.
The competition is one of three regional Olympiads that are being held this week across the state. At each regional, the top half of the teams with highest total scores will be eligible to compete in the state competition held in March at Middlesex Community College. The top teams from the state competition then go on to compete in the National Science Olympiad.
The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous, academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events which students prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, television shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There also is a balance among events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.
The New Jersey Science Olympiad has been on the leading edge of educational innovations since its inception. These innovations include high academic standards; demonstration of skills through performance testing; learning through hands-on activities; cooperative learning through events that require teamwork; improved self-concept through success in achieving high standards and making applications and connections to the real world. Events are closely aligned with New Jersey Science Education Standards and include strong components for problem-solving, critical thinking and use of technology. For more information on the New Jersey Science Olympiad, visit http://www.njscienceolympiad.org/.