The 1996 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Robert Richardson from Cornell University, was one of the special guests at the 2011 Arkansas Science Olympiad tournament. When asked about the significance of the Science Olympiad, he said that members of the winning teams at the state levels were given “special consideration” when applying to Cornell and other Ivy League schools.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will again be hosting the Arkansas Science Olympiad tournament on Saturday April 14, 2012. The tournament is open to both middle school students (Division B 6th – 9th grades) and high school students (Division C 9th – 12th grades). Schools can form teams of up to 15 students and vie for team trophies while individual’s members can earn athletic-style medals. The first place team in each division is eligible to represent Arkansas at the National Science Olympiad tournament, which will be held at the University of Central Florida in Orlando FL.
Registration for this year’s tournament has already begun. The registration fee is $90, ($60 for the National Science Olympiad fee and $30 for the state fee). See the Arkansas Science Olympiad website at http://ualr.edu/scienceolympiad/ for more information.
The Arkansas Science Olympiad is expanding. This year we will run 16 of the 24 national events. We are also planning on having some science exhibitions before the awards ceremony. There will also be a t-shirt contest as well as a team spirit contest. Be creative!