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30th Annual Regional Science Olympiad promotes STEM education in OC

The Orange County Department of Education is presenting the 30th Annual Orange County Regional Science Olympiad on Saturday, Feb. 14 at University of California, Irvine.

This is the first year that all teams will be combined in one competition location, with 17 middle schools (Division B) and 28 high schools (Division C) registered to participate. The winning teams from the competition will move forward to compete in the State Science Olympiad in April.

The UCI event is free, and in fact the public is encouraged to come support their local teams at what has been billed as the largest science competition in the county. In all, 23 competitive events will challenge and inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, astronomy and geology.

Events are aligned with the 21st Century Competencies and Next Generation Science Standards that incorporate cognitive processes and strategies, information literacy, critical thinking, communication, team collaboration, problem-solving and creative innovation.

For information about the Orange County Regional Science Olympiad, and to learn how local schools can participate in future competitions, click here, or contact Dean Gilbert at 714-966-4291