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3/1/2007 —

Hundreds of high school students travel to Penn State Wilkes-Barre every year in March  to take part in regional math, science, and history competitions, namely the JETS/TEAMS competition, the Northeast Regional Science Olympiad, and National History Day.

On Monday, March12, students from area schools will meet on campus in the Center for Technology to compete in The Junior Engineering Technical Society's (JETS) Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS). In this one-day, two part academic exam, students use their logic and problem-solving skills applying facts and formulas to solve real-life engineering problems. Designed to introduce students to a “team based” work environment, TEAMS also encourages students to think critically across a variety of academic areas. Students compete for local, state and national recognition and awards. For more information contact John Barnes, regional coordinator JETS/TEAMS competition at 570-675-9229, email jsb2@psu.edu or visit http://www.jets.org/.

On Wednesday, March 14, over 1,000 students from 65 high schools and middle schools will converge on the campus to compete in the Northeast Regional Science Olympiad. The Science Olympiad stimulates interest and encourages learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving, and technology. From high-flying bottle rockets to science crime busters and meteorology, students use their knowledge and skills to compete in a wide array of categories. Robots  built, eggs dropped, crime scenes analyzed, insects identified, computing skills tested, and satellite images interpreted are all in a days work at the Science Olympiad.

The top six teams from the middle schools and the top seven teams from the high schools advance to state competition at Juniata College on April 27.  For more information, contact Dr. Dudley Snyder, assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Northeast Science Olympiad regional director, at dcs10@psu.edu or visit the Science Olympiad web site: http://www.soinc.org/. In the event of inclement weather, Science Olympiad snow dates are March 15 and 16.

National History Day competition at the regional level will be held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, March 31. Students will compete with projects based on their own research in one of the following seven categories: individual paper, individual or group exhibit, individual or group performance (a dramatic portrayal of the topic), individual or group documentary. Students can select and research an idea, individual, or event from world or local history, spanning the calendar from ancient times to the recent past. This year's theme is Triumph and Tragedy in History.

Each year approximately half a million students in grades 6-12 participate in National History Day. For more information, contact Jennifer Stombaugh at jls52@psu.edu or visit the National History Day web site: http://www.nhd.org/.




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