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Disaster Downstream: 2010 Science Olympiad Brings Science to Life

Published on April 12, 2010

Congratulations to teams from Barrington Middle School and Barrington High School - this year's state champions of the 2010 RI Science Olympiad.  The RI Science Olympiad was held on Saturday, April 24 at Rhode Island College where the Barrington students won the honor of advancing to the national competition to compete with other state winners for substantial scholarships and the title of National Champions.  This year, the national competition will be held May 20th - 22nd at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

For the past 26 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education.  What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers in now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to more then 5,700 teams in 48 states.  Science Olympiad's ever-changing event lineup provides a variety of career choices and exposure to practicing scientists and mentors.

Throughout the program, middle and high school students are involved in active, hands-on activities that emphasize problem solving and the scientific process.  Students move from station to station answering questions involving content knowledge and process skills in the area of environmental science with emphasis on environmental disasters in ecosystems.  Using raw data, including but not limited to charts, graphs, written descriptions, and experiential results, students identify and suggest solutions for an environmental disaster concerning pollution (both point and non-point source), form hypotheses, make inferences and draw conclusions based on information given.  Topic examples include: agricultural pollution of a freshwater lake, industrial water pollution, residential pollution of groundwater, and plastic pollution in the marine environment.

For information regarding the event, contact: James Magyar, jmagyar@ric.edu or by phone at 401-456-8049

For more information on the Science Olympiad visit http://soinc.org

For more about careers in environmental science visit http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/labcoat.htm

To read about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico click here

Read the Providence Journal article about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

To read about scientists at local universities working to predict harmful algal blooms click here.

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