February 29, 2008
TOMORROW’S SCIENTISTS IN ACTION
On March 15, Clark College will host the regional competition
of the 2008 Washington State Science Olympiad.
VANCOUVER, Wash. – On March 15, supported by local industries and over 150 volunteers, Clark College will host the regional competition of the 2008 Washington State Science Olympiad.
The competition is expected to attract approximately 400 students from 28 teams throughout the region taking tests in 25 science and engineering subjects. The intriguing titles include “Crave the Wave,” “Disease Detective,” “Science Crimebusters,” “Reach for the Stars,” “Robot-Cross” and “Wright Stuff.”
The public is welcome to attend the event, which will be held at Clark’s main campus. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Parking will be available throughout the campus.
Nationally, the mission of the Science Olympiad is “to promote and improve student interest in science and to improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation.” Officials of the Washington State Science Olympiad (WSO) note that, in 2007 alone, 1,000 volunteers were involved in reaching out to Washington’s middle and high school students.
Clark College Professor Priscila Martins-Read, who is coordinating the event, notes, "This event is a true celebration of learning."
The event will be held one year, almost to the day, after Rep. Brian Baird hosted a dialogue on math and science education at Clark College. That event was attended by nearly 35 leaders from government, education and business.
As Chairman of the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, Congressman Baird said he was "exploring ways to increase America's competitiveness in the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology." He described the forum as "an opportunity to discuss an integrated approach to increase interest in math, science, and engineering careers among our country's high school and college students by hearing what is being done on local, state and national levels."
In April 2007, Clark College hosted the 2007 Washington State Science Olympiad, drawing 900 students from 44 teams across the state.