Campus: CSU Northridge -- February 10, 2003
Elementary, Middle, High School Students Invade
CSUN to compete in the Science Olympiad
Hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students will give a
new meaning to the word “Olympian” as they participate in
the Los Angeles County Science Olympiad to be held at Cal State Northridge
on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Nearly 30 CSUN professors representing various departments within the
colleges of Science and Mathematics and Engineering and Computer Science
will test the mental prowess of more than 2,000 students from across
Los Angeles County.
“National security and the nation’s health and welfare are
dependent upon producing top scientists and the production of top scientists
has to begin as early as possible, even in elementary schools,”
said CSUN biology professor Steven Oppenheimer, one of the coordinators
of the event. “The Science Olympiad is one important mechanism
to begin to stimulate scientific curiosity in young students, therefore,
this event plays an important role in the development of the new generations
of American scientists.”
The competition begins at 8:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the
day in CSUN’s science buildings and other locations on campus
along Lindley Avenue. Among the 45 planned competitions is “Designer
Genes,” where students solve problems using their knowledge of
Some students will participate in “Science Crime Busters.”
Taking a page from a television series, Crime Scene Investigation, teams
will identify liquids, solids and other materials in a crime scenario.
The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted
to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest
in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in
science education by both students and teachers.
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