IU Northwest to host 2023 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Feb. 4

IU Northwest to host 2023 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Feb. 4

Public is invited to attend the free event and see rising scientists in action

Twenty-one teams of middle and high school students from 17 schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, and surrounding communities, will demonstrate their science and engineering talents at the 2023 Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, February 4 at Indiana University Northwest.

The event, hosted for the 22nd straight year by IU Northwest, offers the community an opportunity to see a Science Olympiad in action. Young scientists from across the region will gather to flex their academic muscle in dozens of carefully planned science and engineering events, such as designing robots, building vehicles, performing chemistry experiments and more.

The competing middle schools are: Chesterton Middle SchoolGoshen Junior HighGriffith Jr High SchoolGrimmer Middle SchoolHal E. Clark Middle SchoolKahler Middle SchoolManchester Jr High SchoolOur Lady of GraceScott Middle SchoolThomas Jefferson Middle School and Westchester Intermediate School.

The competing high schools are: Crown Point High SchoolHammond Academy of Science and TechnologyHighland High SchoolLake Central High SchoolManchester Sr High School and West Side Leadership Academy.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. in various rooms of Marram Hall, and sections of the Savannah Gymnasium. Following competitions, the awards ceremony, which will highlight results, will take place in the Savannah Gymnasium beginning at 4:15 p.m.

The top six middle schools and the top three high school teams will advance to the state competition on March 11 at Purdue University Northwest. From there, the top teams will advance to the national tournament, which is being held at Wichita State University from May 19-20.

As a national non-profit organization launched in 1982, Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving K-12 science education. Science Olympiad represents an ideal opportunity for middle and high school students to meet and interact with scientists, academicians, college students, local engineers and community members in a competitive, yet enjoyable, setting. Tournaments are designed to emphasize problem-solving aspects of science and the understanding of scientific concepts; develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students; and demonstrate that American students can perform at levels that surpass expectations of even practicing scientists and engineers.

The public is invited to attend the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. The Savannah Center is located on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.