More than 500 sixth to 12th grade students representing about 45 schools and teams in the Midwest will compete in the 14th annual Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, February 24 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
The Regional Science Olympiad was started by the Zoo in 2005 as an outlet for students to advance to the Nebraska Science Olympiad in April. The Olympiad brings excitement to science education through rigorous challenges in the following areas: anatomy and physiology, astronomy, earth science, food science, forensics, genetics, geology, mechanical engineering, physics and technology.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has partnered with Omaha Public Schools, Papillion LaVista Public Schools, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Duchesne Academy and the University of Nebraska Medical Center to help facilitate sessions throughout the day. Individuals from these organizations provide real-world experiences and expertise, making each session invigorating and relevant for participating students.
The event will conclude with award ceremonies from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for each age group. The middle school students will be presented with their awards in the Wild Kingdom Pavilion Auditorium and the high school students in Durham’s TreeTops Restaurant.
The mission of the Science Olympiad is to promote and improve student interest in science, as well as improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation.