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Media Advisory: Maryland Teachers to Attend Science Olympiad ‘Coach’s Clinic’ at Johns Hopkins

October 8, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
(443) 287-9960
prs@jhu.edu

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

WHERE: Maryland Hall, rooms 109, 100, 114, 201 and 202, at The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

WHO: About 20 Maryland middle school and high school science teachers will attend an all-day training program to help them prepare for their roles as coaches in the 2011 Maryland Science Olympiad program. The annual statewide tournament will be held in April at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus, hosted by the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, Center for Educational Outreach.

WHAT: On Saturday, the Science Olympiad coaches will learn how to organize, build and train student teams. Also, Maryland Science Olympiad scientists and engineers will provide instruction in some of the more complicated events, such as the Northrop Grumman Helicopter, Junkyard Challenge, SumoBots, Protein Modeling, Bottle Rocket and Wind Power.

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 2010 statewide tournament featured 600 students – 40 teams of 15 students each. The Maryland State Science Olympiad Tournament’s finalist team is invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad Tournament.

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

MEDIA CONTACT AT THE EVENT: Al Causey from Maryland Science Olympiad at (301) 514-4555 or Christine Newman from Johns Hopkins at (301) 518-1076.

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