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Science Olympiad Moves to Trask Coliseum

Monday, March 09, 2015

Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties competed in the annual Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad on March 7 at UNCW.

Sixty-four teams demonstrated their skills in 46 activities designed to enhance their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For the first time in the event's history, many activities, including the engineering competitions and the closing awards ceremony, were held in Trask Coliseum. Other events were held in Bear, Dobo and DeLoach halls and on Hoggard Lawn.

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The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) at the Watson College of Education coordinates the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad in partnership with campus and community volunteers from General Electric, Corning, New Hanover County Schools, the UNCW College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services.

CESTEM director Dennis Kubasko said middle and high school teachers devote countless hours after school and on weekends preparing students for the regional competition, which he described as "a wonderful collaborative effort by teachers and parents, university faculty and students, and the business and broader community to encourage student interest and participation in STEM."

University scholarships totaling $12,500 were awarded to 25 high school students and medals and trophies were awarded to top finishers. Top finishing schools that will compete for state honors in Raleigh April 24-25 include:

Middle Schools

  • Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Murray Middle School
  • Noble Middle School
  • St. Mary Catholic School
  • Roland Grise Middle School
  • Shallotte Middle School
  • Myrtle Grove Christian School

High Schools

  • John T. Hoggard High School
  • Isaac Bear Early College High School
  • West Brunswick High School
  • Eugene Ashley High School
  • Brunswick County Early College High School
  • E.A. Laney High School
  • Topsail High School

Kubasko was featured in a story about the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad on UNCW's homepage March 2. www.uncw.edu/articles/2015/03/uncws-watson-college-of-education-to-host-annual-wilmington-regional-science-olympiad-on-march-7.aspx

For coverage of the 2015 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad and a list of winners, visit www.uncw.edu/cestem/ncso.html.