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Media Advisory: Student Teams to Compete for State Championship at Maryland Science Olympiad at Johns Hopkins

Attention: Weekend Assignment Editors

April 10, 2015
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Office: 443-997-9907/Cell: 410-299-7462
prs@jhu.edu
On Twitter: @filroy

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Check-In is at the Goldfarb Gym.

WHO: About 600 Maryland middle school and high school students and teachers will attend an all-day competition to determine the winners of the 2015 Maryland Science Olympiad and the qualifiers for National Science Olympiad. The annual statewide tournament is hosted by the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, Center for Educational Outreach.

WHAT: On Saturday, the Science Olympiad teams will compete in 23 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) contests in two divisions: one for middle schools and one for high schools. Some of the more complicated events will include the Bottle Rocket, Bridge Building, Elastic Launched Glider, Robo-Cross, Wheeled Vehicle, Mission Possible, Scrambler, Wright Stuff and Bungee Drop.

BACKGROUND: The Maryland Science Olympiad, founded in 2007, is a “hands-on” kindergarten through 12th grade science program that includes vigorous academic interscholastic competitions. Scientists and engineers from Maryland corporations, organizations and universities oversee 46 teamwork-oriented tournament events. The program’s statewide tournament features 600 students—40 teams of 15 students each. The Maryland State Science Olympiad Tournament finalist team is invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad Tournament on May 15-16, 2015, by the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

WHY: The Science Olympiad program promotes teamwork among students and encourages them to consider educational and career opportunities in science and engineering fields.

MEDIA CONTACTS AT THE EVENT: Al Causey from MSO at (301) 514-4555 or Christine Newman from JHU at (301) 518-1076.

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