Fall 2009 Issue

In the name of science

Students from South Fork High School compete in Barry University’s Science Olympiad April 17. Pictured from left to right are Scott Leary, Austin Elliott, Kayla Davis, Kyle Elliott and Emily Collins.

Science has not lost its appeal to the young, which was apparent April 17 when nearly 150 students from 10 South Florida high schools throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participated in Barry University’s Department of Physical Sciences eighth annual Science Olympiad competition.

The one-day event is a high school science academic competition in chemistry I, chemistry II and physics in which students compete in written tests, oral competitions and lab activities. Students are broken up into teams and compete throughout the day for various awards and recognitions, including a $1,000 scholarship from Barry University. The Science Olympiad is the Department of Physical Sciences outreach program to area high school students in support of the pursuit of excellence in science education. One of the primary goals of the Science Olympiad is to highlight the achievements of outstanding science students and increase the opportunities for female and minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

“With our Science Olympiad, we highlight and reward students for their academic achievements in chemistry and physics,” said Dr. Tony Wallner, associate dean of undergraduate studies and chair of the Department of Physical Sciences. “The students will take these critical thinking and problem solving skills with them as they pursue their future careers in the sciences, the medical field, or whatever their chosen career path may be. We enjoy highlighting the science academic achievements of area students and acknowledging their efforts.”

High schools that competed in this year’s event included: Doctors Charter School; Jupiter Community High School, Miami Country Day School, Miami Palmetto Senior High, Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Pine Crest School; Piper High School, Ransom Everglades School, South Fork High School and The Academy of Arts & Minds.