The University of Southern Indiana Southwest Indiana STEM (SwISTEM) Resource Center is set to host the Regional Science Olympiad from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 4 on campus.

Indiana Science Olympiad (INSO) is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by students in grades six through 12. INSO encourages middle and high students to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Students at USI will be competing in various categories, including anatomy and physiology, meteorology, forestry, and more. Six schools will participate, including Heritage Hills High School, Loogootee Middle School, Mt. Vernon Junior High School, New Tech Institute, North Harrison High School and North Harrison Middle School.

Science Olympiad competitions consist of 23 events, covering most Indiana science standards. Many middle and high school teachers use the Science Olympiad events in their classrooms to support rigorous instruction related to engineering and inquiry of science.

“This is the first time the Science Olympiad will be offered to schools in the southwest Indiana region. This event provides an avenue for district, regional, state and national recognition for outstanding academic achievement,” says Allison Grabert, Director of Southwest Indiana STEM Resource Center. “Because Science Olympiad is the premier standards-based team STEM competition in the nation, it is a tremendous honor for area students to win medals and represent their schools in the Science Olympiad. Competitors will also have one-on-one access to faculty from the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education throughout the day and attend events in USI laboratories, common spaces and classrooms.”

For questions regarding the event, email Grabert or call 812-228-5019.