UA to Host Regional Science Olympiad

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama will host a regional Science Olympiad competition for middle and high school students Saturday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m.

More than 500 students are expected to participate in events held on UA’s campus. Some of the events scheduled are science crime busters, environmental chemistry, ecology, disease detectives, amphibians and reptiles, electric vehicles, and junkyard challenge.

Events taking place in the various buildings include:

  • Bevill – dynamic planet, fossils
  • Biology – amphibians and reptiles, anatomy, disease detectives, ecology
  • Farrah – meteorology, road scholar, remote sensing
  • Gallallee – astronomy, crave the wave, physics lab, reach for the stars
  • H.M. Comer – compute this, elevated bridge
  • Hardaway – electric vehicle, junkyard challenge, scrambler
  • Shelby – science crime busters, forensics, environmental chemistry, chemistry lab

The events will conclude with two awards presentations at 3 p.m. in the Ferguson Theater and Ferguson Ballroom.

Area schools participating in this year’s event include Clay Chalkville High School, Corner High School, Hewitt-Trussville High School, Holy Spirit Catholic High School, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate High School, Mortimer Jordan High School, Shades Valley High School, Tuscaloosa County High School, Wetumpka High School, Clay Chalkville Middle School, and Hewitt-Trussville Middle School.

UA’s College of Engineering is coordinating the competition with the College of Arts and Sciences.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s fully accredited College of Engineering has more than 2,300 students and over 100 faculty. In the last seven years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater scholars, Hollings scholars and Portz scholars.


Whitney Taylor, Engineering Student Writer, 205/348-3051,
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