Thursday, January 27, 2011

Area schools to compete in Science Olympiad at Goshen College, Feb. 5


Event: Indiana Science Olympiad Regional Tournament at Goshen College
Date and time: Saturday, Feb. 5, 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

GOSHEN, Ind. – On Saturday, Feb. 5, seven middle school teams and five high school teams will come to the Goshen College campus to compete in the 23 events – ranging from astronomy to ecology, forensics to physics — that comprise the Indiana Science Olympiad. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of sound scientific techniques while building bridges and mousetrap vehicles, shooting bottle rockets and exploring cell biology.

With approximately 180 students participating, two middle school teams and one high school team will advance to the state tournament. About 70 volunteers from Goshen College and the surrounding community will be running the competition. Among these volunteers will be Sarah Toews, last year's scholarship winner who won first place in all her events, and a current first-year student at Goshen College. She will be assisting with the ecology event this year.

The day will begin with registration, at 7:30 a.m., and a welcome ceremony, at 8:30 a.m., both in the Church-Chapel. The participants will proceed to compete in various events, including meteorology, a new event for this year. An awards ceremony at 3:15 in the Church-Chapel will conclude the day. The Science Olympiad opening and awards ceremonies are open to the community, but some competitions are closed to observers. The competitions will take place in Goshen College's Music Center, Administration Building, Union Building, Wyse Hall and Science Building.

The teams in Division B (grades six to nine) will come from the following schools: Bethany Christian School, Imagine MASTer Academy, Indian Springs Middle School, Manchester Junior/Senior High School, Northridge Middle School, St. Pius X Catholic School and Stanley Clark School. Teams in Division C (grades nine to twelve) will come from the following schools: Bethany Christian School, La Lumiere School (two teams), LaPorte High School and Mishawaka High School.

The Science Olympiad began in 1983 and involves more than 12,000 schools nationally. For more information and a schedule of the day's events, contact Goshen College Associate Professor of Biology Jody Saylor at (574) 535-7306 or visit

The Goshen College Indiana Science Olympiad is supported by Bayer Healthcare LLC.

– By Alysha Landis

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or



Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college's Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron's Best Buys in Education, "Colleges of Distinction," "Making a Difference College Guide" and U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" edition, which named Goshen a "least debt college." Visit

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