This weekend, nearly 500 Olympians will go for gold at Wake Forest University – but not in hockey, figure skating or curling.
Middle and high school students from across the Piedmont Triad will flex their intellectual muscles in engineering, computer programming and problem-solving at the North Carolina Science Olympiad tournament.
The event will take place at Wake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Science Olympiad encourages students to pursue STEM-related subjects in a fun and interesting way. The Olympiad rewards students with gold, silver and bronze medals, just like Olympians competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Gloria Muday, one of the Science Olympiad regional directors 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. More than 150 students, faculty, and staff will offer their assistance in making all the events happen.
“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, Wake Forest biology professor
“The highlights of the day include watching students triumph over scientific and engineering challenges and the awards ceremony where outstanding performance is rewarded with medals and the enthusiastic cheers of an audience, as is more frequently seen for athletic victories,” Muday said.
Sixteen high school and 15 middle school teams (with up to 16 students each) from Alleghany, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties will compete in 48 different science-related events, including:
Wake Forest’s Department of Biology and Center for Molecular Signaling are sponsoring the event. Carole Gibson and Susan Tague serve as co-directors along with Muday.
The day culminates with award ceremonies at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center and Pugh Auditorium in Benson for the high school and middle school teams, respectively.
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Director, Center for Molecular Signaling and Professor of Biology
Muday pursues research on how plant hormones modulate root development.
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