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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Hosts Annual Missouri State Science Olympiad

Bottle rockets will light up the quad, while robots will wrestle in Keller auditorium

Story Contact(s):
Christian Basi,, 573-882-4430

WHAT:  The University of Missouri will host the annual Missouri State Science Olympiad on April 16, 2011. 

Three colleges and one program will award scholarships to top teams this year.  The College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and the Master’s in Public Health Program will award $500 scholarships to first-place winners in nine events.

Winners of the Missouri State Science Olympiad will advance to the National Science Olympiad to be held May 20-21, 2011 at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.     

WHO:  More than 3,000 eighth through 12th grade students, coaches and parents will be at MU for the annual competition.

WHEN:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011

WHERE:  The various events will be held in buildings across the campus, including:

  • A bottle rocket competition on Francis Quadrangle (all day).
  • “Mission Possible” in Engineering East (all day)
  • Building towers in Keller auditorium, in the geology building, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • “Sumobots” in Keller auditorium, in the geology building, from 1:45 to 3 p.m.

An awards ceremony will take place in Jesse Auditorium following the competition.

NOTE:  The Science Olympiad is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students and teachers. For more information, please the contact the MU Office of Science Outreach at (573) 882-2737.