The first Northern Regional Science Olympiad competition for area middle and high school students will be held at Montclair State University Friday, January 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., postponed from January 15.
The Olympiad is sponsored by MSU's College of Science and Mathematics in partnership with the Research and Development Council of New Jersey. All events will be held in the University's science classrooms and laboratories. "We are excited that this outstanding science competition will be held at Montclair State University," said Dr. Robert Prezant, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. "We expect more than 500 students from 15 middle schools and 13 high schools from across Nothern New Jersey to compete, accompanied by 40 teachers and a host of parents.
"The Science Olympiad will cover 12 middle school and 12 high school categories in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology," he said. "These challenging categories include 'Robot Ramble,' 'Cell Biology,' 'Forestry,' 'Fossils' and 'Tower Building.' Mastery of these categories will require knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills and scientific applications.'"
According to Dr. Jinan Jaber, assistant Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, "Preparing and participating in such competitions would hopefully encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, research and engineering at an early age. Through recognition of their achievement in these areas, students will be motivated and inspired to continue their scientific inquiries and pursuits."