Science Olympiad: Sixth year for MU to host

Zachary Staab
Assoc. News Editor

This is the 6th year since 2008 that the Central Pennsylvania Regional Science Olympiad will be held at Millersville University. The competition, held on April 6, 2013, will include a total of 46 events between two different divisions, with each division competes in 23 events.
scienceolympDivision B represents middle school students, while division C represents high school participants. The numerous competitions tests, hands-on events, team activities, and pre-built devices that students bring and test against other devices.
Dr. Mehmet Goksu, physics department, is acting as the logistics director for this year’s Olympiad. Goksu said, “This event provides positive exposure for Millersville University and a great recruiting tool for prospective students.” Gosku also said that all science departments at Millersville will benefit from hosting the Olympiad.
The events on April 6 begin with registration at 7:00 to 8:15AM, followed by the opening ceremony and competition from 8:30AM to 2:50PM, and closing ceremonies will be held from 4:00 to 5:00PM.
The competitions will be held in Caputo Hall, Roddy Hall, Brossman Hall, McComsey Hall, and the Pucillo Gymnasium. “People are free to come and watch the events taking place,” said Goksu. Several student volunteers from Millersville University will serve as judges, supervisors, and registration helpers during the entirety of the event.
Typically the first four teams that place in a competition are awarded metals for 1st through 4th place. The first four teams in division B and C will receive trophies and their coaches will be given recognition plaques. The first five teams in division B and first six teams in division C will be invited to compete in the State Science Olympiad competition on a later date.
“I believe that an event that includes various competitions in many science disciplines can further stimulate interest in them to follow a career in science,” said Gosku. One principle of the Science Olympiad is to garner the scientific interests of high school and middle school students. Gosku said, the most exciting part of the competition “is the excitement of the participating students. They love competing and of course they love winning.”