1,600 middle and high school students visit Cabrini College to conduct experiments, compete in science projects
RADNOR, Pa. (Feb. 13, 2012) — More than 1,600 young Edisons, Franklins, and Graham Bells will present their inventions and test their science knowledge in 47 events at the prestigious 2012 Southeastern Pennsylvania Science Olympiad Regional Competition on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Cabrini College.
Whizzing helicopters, forensic investigations, remote-controlled robots, and watershed management planning will keep participants at the top of their games, and spectators on the edges of their seats.
Students from 79 middle and high schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will compete for medals in two age groups (grades 6-9 and grades 9-12), and for a place in the State Competition. Last year, 70 schools competed in the regional Olympiad at Cabrini.
“Cabrini is proud to bring to campus top science students from the area and recognize them for their academic excellence,” said Dr. Anne Coleman, the Olympiad’s southeastern regional director and assistant professor of life and physical sciences at Cabrini.
“The Science Olympiad provides an opportunity for students to participate in authentic scientific discovery and experimentation, and encourages pursuit of careers in these areas critical to the future of our country.”
This is the seventh consecutive year the Science Olympiad has been held at Cabrini; last year, the College also was named the host site for the Olympiad’s State Office. Once again, Cabrini has pledged $1,000 scholarships to eligible participants who eventually enroll at the College.
The Science Olympiad offers a wide range of events designed to challenge students intellectually and creatively through a fun and exciting competition. This year’s events at Cabrini include Awesome Aquifer, Bottle Rocket, Microbe Mission, Helicopters, Meteorology, Mousetrap Vehicle, Storm the Castle, Thermodynamics, Robot Arm, Disease Detectives, and Crime Busters.
Teams that advance from the regional competition go on to the State Competition on April 27, 2012, at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. Those who make it to nationals will compete May 18–19, 2012, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.
About the Science Olympiad 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.
About Cabrini College Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds. Since its founding in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College has provided a transformational “education of the heart,” focusing on academic excellence, leadership development and a commitment to social justice.
Cabrini offers its 1,300 undergraduate students more than 30 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations and minors. The College also has graduate and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 15 off-site locations. The College’s serene 112-acre campus is located 30 minutes from Philadelphia.