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01-28-2010

Clarkson University to Host 20 High School Teams in Feb. 6 Science Olympiad

The Clarkson University School of Arts and Sciences will host 20 regional high school teams for the Adirondack Regional C Division Science Olympiad on Saturday, February 6.

Faculty and graduate students from Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam are hosting the events of the Olympiad, which take place in Clarkson's Science Center, beginning with an 8:30 a.m. welcome and ending with a 3 p.m. awards ceremony.

A total of 250 students and 40 teacher coaches are expected, with the top-three teams advancing to the New York State tournament at West Point March 19 and 20.

Teams competing include Massena, Potsdam (2 teams), Canton (2), Ogdensburg, Carthage (2), Watertown (2), Plattsburgh, Long Lake, Seaway Tech, Madrid-Waddington, Chateaugay, Thousand Islands, Norwood-Norfolk, Lisbon, Brasher Falls, and Colton-Pierrepont.

The day's events include astronomy, cell biology, chemistry lab, physics lab, ecology, dynamic planet, egg-onaut (water bottle rocket to carry an egg safety), anatomy & physiology, ornithology, it's about time (students build a non-electronic timing device), mission possible (Rube Goldberg machine to accomplish designated tasks), disease detectives, write it! do it! (technical communication skills event), elevated bridge (students build a bridge capable of supporting a weight, lightest structure to support the most weight wins), picture this (technical communications skills), trajectory (students build a catapult and predict target position), and the mousetrap vehicle.

Clarkson University has hosted the Science Olympiad for more than 20 years.

The New York State Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving the quality of science education in grades 5-12, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science and technology. These goals are achieved by providing opportunities for teams of students to participate in 22 regional and state Science Olympiad tournaments across New York State. NYSSO also promotes the inclusion of Science Olympiad activities in classroom curricula and provides teacher training at seminars and an annual coaches workshop.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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