RADNOR, Pa. (Aug. 31, 2011) – The Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Office has a new home – Cabrini College, which also hosts the Science Olympiad’s annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Tournament.
“This exciting move to Cabrini will allow the Science Olympiad to better serve schools across the state in bringing science into their classrooms,” said Dr. Anne Coleman, the Olympiad’s southeastern regional director and an assistant professor of life and physical sciences at Cabrini.
The state office had been operating for the past 27 years from the home of former Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Office founder Dick Smith. The office has expanded to involve more than 300 schools across the state.
Science Olympiad State Director Roger Demos agrees that the move to Cabrini will benefit the Olympiad and regional schools. “The move also will allow us to expand Science Olympiad into elementary schools and provide a location for teacher and coach’s workshops to enhance creative and active science, technology, engineering and mathematics education,” Demos said.
Each year, the regional tournament draws more than 1,000 middle and high school students to Cabrini for a scientific competition where participants test experiments, stretch imaginations, and present inventions.
Top teams from the tournaments will go on to compete at the state tournament held at Juniata College in Huntington, Pa.
The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.
These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes. For more information, visit www.soinc.org.
About Cabrini College
Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College provides a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice. Cabrini offers 1,300 full-time undergraduate students more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. More than 2,000 students are in graduate studies programs at the main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 15 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.