2010
Science Olympiad brings out the best from the area's brightest young minds

Science Olympiad brings out the best from the area's brightest young minds
February 17, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Robots, planes and catapults, oh my! More than 400 students from 10 area high schools and 11 middle schools will converge upon Benedictine University at 9:00 a.m. on March 20 to participate in an Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition. The Science Olympiad is an academic competition for middle and high school students encompassing all areas of science including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, engineering and computer technology. “The Science Olympiad challenges the depth of these students’ knowledge of science while reflecting their immeasurable imagination and enthusiasm,” said Ralph Meeker, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science at Benedictine University. “We hope that events like this will inspire more young people to pursue an interest in the sciences.” The state is divided into 10 regional competition sites. Winners at each site advance to a state competition on April 10 at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana (UIUC), and state winners move on to a national Olympiad on May 22, also at UIUC. High schools competing at Benedictine University are: Addison Trail, Benet Academy, East Leyden, Hinsdale Central, Homewood-Flossmoor, Lisle, Naperville North, the University of Chicago Lab School, Waubonsie Valley and West Leyden. Addison Trail, Hinsdale Central, Lisle, Naperville North, the University of Chicago Lab School and West Leyden will field both varsity and junior varsity teams. Middle schools competing are Butler Junior High, Jefferson Junior High, Kennedy Junior High, Lincoln Middle School, Lisle Junior High, McCracken Middle School, Parker Junior High, Sacred Heart School, St. Petronille School, Sts. Peter and Paul School and Washington Junior High. Butler, Kennedy, Lisle, Parker and St. Petronille are fielding both varsity and junior varsity teams. Competition will be held in the Birck Hall of Science, the Kindlon Hall of Learning and the Dan and Ada Rice Center. An awards ceremony open to parents and the public will be held at the Dan and Ada Rice Center at 5:00 p.m. For more information about the Benedictine University Regional, contact the College of Science at (630) 829-6187, visit the Benedictine Science Olympiad Web site at www.ben.edu/iso or visit the Illinois Science Olympiad Web site at www.illinoisolympiad.org.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.