WHO: More than 750 Maryland middle and high school students are expected to participate in the Maryland Science Olympiad state finals. For middle and high school participants, up to 15 students from a school can compete on either the varsity or junior varsity teams. For a high school team, there is a limit of seven seniors on a team. For a middle school team, there is a limit of five ninth graders on a team. Any charter school, home school group, private school or public school is eligible to participate.
WHAT: The Maryland Science Olympiad is a K-12 science program that includes rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments. Scientists and engineers from Maryland corporations, organizations, and universities oversee the 46 teamwork-oriented tournament events. Science Olympiad competitions resemble academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events, each performed by a small group, usually two team members. Each year, the selected subset of events is rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, astronomy, mechanical engineering and technology. Each team of 15 prepares throughout the school year to compete in Science Olympiad tournaments held on local, state and national levels. Unlike some science competitions, Science Olympiad requires that students perform science-related tasks during the competition rather than just report about a science project.
Finalists of the Maryland State Science Olympiad Tournament are invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad tournament.
This event was made possible by the financial support of Northrop Grumman, Johns Hopkins University, Salisbury University, Frederick County Public Schools, University of Maryland, Family League of Baltimore, Leidos Biomedical Research, M & T Bank, Morgan State University, University of Maryland-The Founding Campus, MOST Network, Society of Women Engineers, Exxon, and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
WHY: The event is being hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, in partnership with Maryland Science Olympiad. The Center’s mission is to increase the number of youth who pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers, particularly women and underrepresented minorities.
SUPERVISOR FOR THE EVENT: The tournament director is Al Causey. His event-day cell phone is (301) 514-4555. The Program Coordinator for the tournament is Kellise Williamson. Her weekday office phone is (410) 516-6122. To reach her on the day of the event, her cell phone number is (443) 929-1340.