FORT WAYNE, Ind.—A record nine teams of high school students from six different schools will converge on the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Saturday, February 4, to take part in the Science Olympiad.
Twenty-three varied events, each of which will contain one or more elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), will be undertaken by the student teams. The events fall into five broad categories:
Jeffrey Nowak, associate professor of education and director of the northeast Indiana STEM Resource Center (NISTEM), and Ahmed Mustafa, associate professor of biology, are the co-directors of this year’s event. Nowak said “Several of the exercises or experiments will require the student to physically build something, which brings engineering and technology into the experiment.”
The day begins with team registration at 7:30 a.m. in the lobby of Neff Hall; the opening ceremony takes place at 8 a.m. in Neff 101, with competition beginning at 8:45 a.m. The awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. in Neff 101. The public is invited to attend and observe all the events.
Each event competition will be directed and judged by an IPFW faculty member or local expert in each specific field. High schools with teams registered for the event are Bishop Dwenger, Canterbury (2 teams), Columbia City, La Lumiere (2 teams), New Tech Academy@Wayne–FWCS, and Northridge (2 teams).