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USD Readies for 36th Annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament

VERMILLION, S.D. – Eleven of South Dakota’s middle schools and high schools are scheduled to compete in the 36th annual South Dakota Science Olympiad State Tournament at the University of South Dakota on Saturday, March 21.

The schools scheduled to participate are: Brookings High School, Dakota Valley Middle School and High School (North Sioux City), Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School and High School, Mickelson Middle School (Brookings), Mobridge-Pollock High School, Sacred Heart Middle School (Yankton), Todd County High School (Mission), and Yankton Middle School and High School. In addition to the ongoing individual challenges and team events, there will be open house activities during the day, including tables of majors from the College of Arts & Sciences in the Muenster University Center.

The state tournament will involve more than 160 middle school and high school students competing in several science events. The top teams from each division will be invited to the 2020 National Science Olympiad Tournament in May. All events for the Science Olympiad are determined at the national level. For the state tournament, faculty, staff, and students from USD organize and judge these events.

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For a brief description of the events, please visit www.soinc.org.

The Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well-balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.

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