Regional Students to Compete in Science Olympiad at CSU

Middle and high school science students from the greater Columbus area and Georgia at large will compete in a regional, Division B (grades 6-9) Science Olympiad competition on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Columbus State University.

The event opens with registration at 7:30 a.m. in Arnold 104. Competiton displays and judging will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at various campus locations. The day will conclude with a 4 p.m. awards ceremony in the Lumpkin Center.

The overall mission of the Science Olympiad is to promote student interest in science and to improve the quality of k-12 science education throughout the nation.

More specifically, the event promotes teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students and serves to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support normally reserved for varsity sports, said CSU physics Professor Zodiac Webster, regional co-director for the event with CSU faculty colleagues Noella DCruz, Anil Banerjee, and Kenneth Gafford.

Additional CSU professors will supervise events and act as judges. CSU student volunteers will work with events individually, as well as the Science Olympiad as a whole.

Among the 24 presentations are Mystery Architecture (8:45 a.m. Lumpkin Center), Food Chemistry (11:15 a.m. Lenoir 310) and Balloon Race (12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Woodruff Gym).

Winning teams will advance to a March 25 state finals at Augusta State University. The Science Olympiad 2006 national finals will be May 19-20 at Indiana University.

For more information, contact Webster at 706-568-2332, Gafford at 706-562-1471 or visit the Web site, which includes a complete schedule, at