Kutztown University will host the 2019 Berks County Science Olympiad Thursday, Jan. 10.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the McFarland Student Union Building. A meeting, including all participants, will be held in the MSU multipurpose room at 8:30 a.m., followed by the competition at 8:40 a.m. at various locations on campus. The competition will conclude with an awards ceremony at 1:45 p.m. at the MSU.
In case of inclement weather, the event will take place Friday, Jan. 11.
Nearly 350 students from 15 schools will participate. The schools participating in the competition held at KU include: Antietam Sr. High School, Bayard Rustin High School (West Chester), Boyertown Area Senior High School, Central York High School (York), Exeter Township Senior High School, Fleetwood Senior High School, Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Kutztown Area Senior High School, Reading High School, Schuylkill Valley High School, Sun Valley High School (Aston), Twin Valley Jr./Sr. High School, East High School (West Chester), Wilson High School, and Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School.
In its 35th year, the Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of K-12 science education, creating a passion for learning science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, professional development workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, national and international tournaments.
The Olympiad is organized by schools at the junior high and senior high levels. Each school sends one team to compete in a variety of events. High school teachers serve as the coaches, judges and coordinators.
Olympiad competitions are conducted at four levels – invitational, regional, state, and national. The invitational competition is designed to prepare students for regional competition. No teams are eliminated in the local competition.
The official website of the International Science Olympiad is http://www.soinc.org/.