Spotlight on science
State Science Olympiad April 4-5; national event coming in 2016
April 1, 2014
Close to 1,000
students from 45 schools will head to University of Wisconsin-Stout for the
state Science Olympiad competition Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.
The College of
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which will provide more than
125 student, faculty and staff volunteers, is hosting the event.
The state tournament
will be a warmup for an even bigger competition. UW-Stout has been awarded the 2016
national tournament, which is expected to bring to campus 5,000 students,
teachers and parents from every state.
One of the premier science competitions in the U.S., Science
Olympiad challenges students in many areas of science, as well as technology
UW-Stout has hosted
the state meet about a half-dozen times since 2001, including two years ago.
It's one reason Professor Forrest Schultz, chemistry, put in a bid for the
national tournament May 18-21, 2016. "We've been successful at hosting these
tournaments for years," said Schultz, who is the state tournament director and
president of the Wisconsin Science Olympiad.
for the national bid against other universities, including Princeton, Caltech
and major Midwestern schools from the Big Ten Conference.
impressed with UW-Stout's science facilities and, more importantly, how they're
used. "There's an applied nature to the Science Olympiad events, and that's
what the national tournament officials want to experience at UW-Stout," Schultz
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, stresses hands-on learning and career
preparation. The main science complex, Jarvis Hall, reopened in 2010 after a
$43 million renovation.
Schultz already has
begun working with local officials to prepare for the national event and influx
of people in 2016. The approximately 2,400 student competitors will stay in
residence halls. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Schultz,
Juliet Fox, Stout University Foundation, 715-232-2676.
UW-Stout also will
host the state tournament in 2016, about six weeks before the national event.
This year's state
meet will kick off with a daylong expo Friday, April 4. Students can visit university
classes, try hands-on activities in labs, take campus and science lab tours and
tour three area companies, Phillips Medisize, Cardinal Glass and Fairmont
Minerals. Xcel Energy and Mayo Clinic Health System Menomonie will offer
Competition in 28 categories
runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Jarvis Hall Science Wing and
the Memorial Student Center. An awards ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in the Great
Hall of the student center.
The state champion
advances to the national tournament May 14-16 in Orlando, Fla.