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CESTEM holds Science Olympiad workshop for 25 Public School Teachers

Monday, November 18, 2013

UNCW’s Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) hosted a professional development workshop on Oct. 26 to assist local teachers in promoting and planning for the 2014 North Carolina Science Olympiad. Kelly Fair, Science Olympiad state director for the middle and high school division joined CESTEM director Dennis Kubasko and David Glenn, sixth grade math and science teacher and Division B Coach for Burgaw Middle School in leading the event. Twenty-five public school teachers who will coach Science Olympiad teams next spring participated in the workshop.

Each year, nearly 1,000 middle and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender County participate in the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad. Teams from area schools compete in 46 activities that test their skills and knowledge of chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Kubasko and Kimberly Bierstedt, lead science teacher of Hew Hanover Public Schools are regional co-directors of Science Olympiad, which is held each year on the UNCW campus. The workshop was made possible by a Burroughs Wellcome Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) grant secured by Glenn.