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For Immediate Release
January 23, 2012

Science Olympiad Draws Scores of High School Students to IPFW

Key Info

  • 2012 Science Olympiad
  • Saturday, February 4, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Neff Hall
  • Six high schools have nine teams entered in the competitions
  • Awards ceremony begins at 3:30 in Neff 101

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:

  • Life Science
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Engineering
  • Science Inquiry

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).

For more information, contact Nowak at 260-481-6960 or, or go to the Science Olympiad website.