The U.P. Region I Science Olympiad tournament will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the West Science Building at Northern Michigan University. An awards ceremony will follow the competition in Jamrich Hall room 102.

            Science Olympiad has been organized by NMU's Seaborg Center since 1987, and more than 125 volunteers help with the event. This year's tournament is sponsored by Range Bank and Snyder Drugs.

            About 300 students from middle and high schools across the Upper Peninsula will compete in 46 different events that cover such fields as physical science; biology, life and health science; earth and environmental science; and technology and engineering. The events are designed to encourage teamwork and stimulate creative problem solving. They are keyed to national and state teaching standards.

            "Not only does the tournament reward achievement in science and engineering, but it also encourages excellent science teaching in our schools," said coordinator Suzan Nazarko of the Seaborg Center.

The top two teams for middle school and the top three high school teams will attend the Michigan State Science Olympiad tournament in April.

            School districts participating in the tournament are as follows: Bark River-Harris, Burt Township-Grand Marais, Calumet, Chassell, Dollar Bay, Bessemer, Gladstone, Gwinn, Hancock, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Marquette, Munising, Ontonagon, Pickford, Rapid River, St. Ignace, and Superior Central-Eben Junction.

            For more information, contact Susan Nazarko from the NMU Seaborg Center at 227-2196. 

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director