Maryville College hosts regional Science Olympiad on March 8

March 4, 2003

The Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization that tries to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and recognize outstanding achievements in science education by both teachers and students.

The events making up the Science Olympiad cover three broad goal areas of science education: concepts and knowledge, processes and thinking skills, and application and technology. Winners of events in these areas will go on to the state competition, where a win could take them to the national competition at Ohio State University in May.

WHO: Science students from Oak Ridge High, Bearden Middle, Bearden High, West High, South-Doyle Middle and Cedar Bluff Middle

WHAT: Regional Science Olympiad competition

WHEN: Sat., March 8; 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sutton Science Center and Boydson Baird Gymnasium on the MC campus

WHY: Maryville College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Kristi Kneas said holding the competition at MC benefits both the college students who volunteer as well as the competitors. “The Science Olympiad benefits both MC and the students competing, but the greatest benefit is to the students. It gets young students excited about science,” she said.

PHOTO/VIDEO OPS: Students testing rubber band-propelled airplanes; students shooting off bottle rockets; students building towers and bridges. Titles of other competitions include “Robo-Billiards,” “Robot Ramble,” “Egg Drop,” “Mission Impossible,” and “Boomilever.”

MORE INFO: http://www.cstcc.cc.tn.us/science_olympiad/somain.asp; Dr. Kneas-865.981.8055.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.