Nearly 400 local middle and high school students will gather for the N.C. Science Olympiad tournament at Wake Forest University on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Events like Science Olympiad encourage students to pursue science by engaging in the subject in a fun and interesting way. The Olympiad features various scientific topics and rewards students for excelling in a passion that does not always receive celebration.
Gloria Muday, Science Olympiad regional director and Wake Forest biology professor, said hosting the event on campus allows visiting students to perform experiments in university laboratories and to get a view of college science classrooms, as well as making it easy for Wake Forest students to volunteer and help lead events.
“Science Olympiad is a fun way for students to engage in science, learning how science works and applying this knowledge to design and building as well as scientific experimentation.” Gloria Muday
“The highlight of the day is the awards ceremony where outstanding performance is rewarded with medals and trophies and the enthusiastic cheers of an audience, as is more frequently seen for athletic victories,” she said.
Sixteen high school and 12 middle school teams (with up to 16 students each) from Alleghany, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties will compete in 46 different science-related events, including:
Wake Forest’s Department of Biology and Center for Molecular Signaling are sponsoring the event. The day culminates with an award ceremony at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.
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