Penn State Abington hosts 800 youths for Science Olympiad

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Penn State Abington pulled out all of the stops to host 800 middle and high school students for the 2023 Pennsylvania Southeast Region Science Olympiad.

Credit: Patrick Dunne

ABINGTON, Pa. — Penn State Abington welcomed about 800 students from 19 middle and 33 high schools in the five county Philadelphia area earlier this month for the Pennsylvania Southeast Region Science Olympiad. Hosting the event aligns with the University’s land-grant mission to support education and communities throughout the commonwealth. 

The daylong interscholastic competition featured 46 events — split evenly between middle school and high school participants — that spanned biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and inquiry. Interactive competitions were a large part of the day, with activities like "Storm the Castle," where student teams built mechanical devices to launch objects.  

The southeast regional tournament is the largest regional competition in Pennsylvania, according to Ahmed Nuriye, assistant professor of chemistry at Abington, who coordinated the event. 

“The Science Olympiad immerses students in high impact learning in the fields of science and engineering. The many hours of required preparation teaches them the importance of hard work and allows them to develop into creative thinkers and problem solvers,” he said. 

The day concluded with awards and closing ceremonies in the Athletic Building led by Andrew August, associate dean for Academic Affairs at Abington. The highest scoring teams from the tournament will compete in the state tournament at Penn State Altoona on April 22. 

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit 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. The tournament challenges and activities help prepare students to work as part of a team in future STEM careers. 

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,100 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 25 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics and more.