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Science Olympiad Attracts Record Number of Participants

Monday, March 03, 2014

Eight hundred fifty-one students from middle schools and high schools in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties competed in the Southeast Regional Science Olympiad at UNCW March 1. Martin Posey, vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate studies at UNCW, greeted participants and guests at the event hosted by UNCW’s Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM).

About 60 teams participated in 46 activities designed to test STEM skills and knowledge. More than 150 volunteers from UNCW and the community, including several GE and Corning engineers, helped out at the event. UNCW scholarships totaling $16,000 were awarded to 32 students and medals were awarded to top finishers.  Top finishing schools that will compete for state honors in Raleigh April 25-26 include:

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Middle Schools
  • Roland Grise Middle School
  • Noble Middle School
  • Murray Middle School
  • Shallotte Middle School
  • Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Mt. Mary Catholic School
  • Cedar Grove Middle School
High Schools
  • John T. Hoggard High School
  • Isaac Bear Early College High School
  • Brunswick Early College High School
  • E.A. Laney High School

Dennis Kubasko, regional co-director of the Wilmington Olympiad and director of UNCW’s CESTEM, was featured in a recent article about the event in PortCityDaily.com.

“Students don’t just memorize content knowledge,” Kubasko said. “They participate in events that are meant to challenge their ability to solve problems and come up with answers to science-related challenges.”

Kubasko described the atmosphere as electrifying and amazing. 

The North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is third in the country in student participation. Currently, 700 K-12 teams and organizations representing over 12,000 students and 65 counties in North Carolina are participating in the NCSO with support from thousands of volunteers. Kubasko is already looking forward to Olympiad 2015.

 “Science Olympiad is by far the best return on any school’s STEM investment,” he said. “Where else can teachers with support from thousands of educational, corporate, and parent volunteers impact the lives of so many North Carolina students?”

IMG_5039PortCityDaily.com full story available online: http://portcitydaily.com/2014/02/28/close-to-1000-students-to-compete-at-the-wilmington-regional-science-olympiad-at-uncw.

The story was also picked up by WWAY and is available at www.wwaytv3.com/2014/03/01/young-scientists-compete-regional-science-olympiad

For more information and a complete list of winners, visit http://uncw.edu/cestem/ncso.html.