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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Hosts Regional Science Olympiad on Jan. 16

Hundreds of students representing twenty middle schools and sixteen high schools from throughout Northern New Jersey will assemble at NJIT on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to compete in the New Jersey Science Olympiad Regional Tournament.  Teams will participate in events designed to make science, technology and math more enticing, relevant and exciting. 

Some of those events include:

Elastic Launched Glider:  High school students design, build and test two elastic launched gliders.  The test is to see which glider stays in air the longest. 

Helicopters:  Middle school students will construct and test in free flight, rubber-powered helicopters prior to the event.  The goal is to achieve maximum flight times. 

Mission Possible:  Teams must design, build, test and document one "Rube Goldberg®-like Device" that completes a required final task using a sequence of consecutive tasks.

Judges will select six winning teams from the high schools, and six from the middle schools.  Each team will win a trophy and the top scoring teams will have the chance to compete in the State Finals Tournament on March 11 at Middlesex County College. 

The New Jersey Science Olympiad has been on the leading edge of educational innovations since its inception in 1993, and NJIT has been hosting the regional contest since 2007.  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 Education Standards and include strong components for problem-solving, critical thinking and use of technology. 

Participating high schools by county include the following:

Bergen:  Rising Star Academy, Bergenfield; Pascack Hills, Montvale; Al-Ghazaly, Teaneck; Bergen County Academies (2 teams), Paramus

Essex:  Livingston; Golda Och Academy, West Orange

Mercer:  Peddie School, Hightstown; The Hun School of Princeton

Middlesex:  Al Minhaal Academy, South Plainfield

Monmouth: Ranney School, Tinton Falls

Morris:  West Morris Central, Chester; Mendham (2 teams); Parsippany Hills; Randolph (2 teams)

Sussex:  Sparta

Union:  Westfield (2 teams)

Participating middle schools by county include the following:

Bergen:  Rising Star Academy, Bergenfield; Haworth Public School, Haworth; Eisenhower, Wyckoff

Essex:  Glenfield Middle, Montclair; Heritage, Livingston; Golda Och Academy, West Orange

Mercer:  Timberlane, Pennington

Middlesex:  Hammarskjold, East Brunswick

Monmouth:  Avon ES, Avon-By-The-Sea; Ranney, Tinton Falls

Morris:  Mt. Olive, Budd Lake; Mountain View, Mendham; Robert R. Lazar, Montville; Morristown-Beard, Morristown

Passaic:  Passaic Arts and Science Charter School, Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented

Somerset:  Hillsborough Middle School; Montgomery, Skillman

Union:  Rahway; Roosevelt Intermediate, Westfield

“The New Jersey Science Olympiad brings together over 600 students with strong interests in the STEM fields for a fun day of team competition,” says John Carpinelli, professor of electrical and computer engineering and executive director of the Center for Pre-College Programs, which organizes the competition.  “As New Jersey’s Science and Technology University, NJIT has a great deal of experience in these fields and is well suited to run this competition.  Service is one of the four pillars of NJIT’s mission, and this competition is an important service to New Jersey’s K-12 educational community.”  Nearly 50 NJIT students have volunteered to help organize the Olympiad, and several NJIT professors will act as supervisors and judges, he added. 

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.