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High School Students ‘Go for the Gold’ During Biology Olympics Friday at Cedar Crest

Allentown, Pa. (April 10, 2012)—Local high school students will once again “go for the gold”—in the biological sciences—on Friday, April 13, at Cedar Crest College’s 30th Annual Biology Olympics, held throughout campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (see full list of schools and events below). This year, 17 high school teams will compete in events designed to challenge high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of biology while simultaneously encouraging interest in the sciences.

Each of the participating high schools will send five biology students to compete in both group and individual events. The favorite team event pits three teams against one another as they face off in a question and answer competition patterned after the popular College Bowl. The quizmasters for the Borst Memorial Biology Bowl—named after longtime quizmaster Craig Borst, who passed away in 2009—will be Cedar Crest faculty members Brian Exton, assistant professor of geology, and Helene Hartman, mobile educator with the College’s Science in Motion Program.

In addition to the Biology Bowl, participants get to use their critical thinking skills as they work together to design protocols to address a scientific question. Other team events include a trivia contest and a scavenger hunt that challenges students to find items on the Cedar Crest quadrangle based on cryptic biology-related clues. Finally, each student will be individually challenged as they answer questions to subject tests in one of five categories: anatomy and physiology, botany, ecology, genetics or zoology. The day concludes with the awards ceremony to acknowledge the participation of all students, thank their sponsoring teachers, and honor the top scoring schools. The top schools will take home trophies, and all students will be given various prizes.

“The Department of Biological Sciences at Cedar Crest College is dedicated to outreach activities, and we feel it is important to inspire students from the local community to explore their interest in science and to acknowledge their achievements,” said science coordinator Lynn Ritter.

The Biology Olympics at Cedar Crest College is one of many events at Cedar Crest designed to encourage middle school and high school students to excel in math and science. The program receives support from some of the biggest names in the business of science and education including such companies as Promega, Sigma-Aldrich, Carolina Biologicals, Edvotek, Enzo Life Sciences, Mirus, Garland Science, Nature New England Biolabs, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. The program is also sponsored by the Cedar Crest College Genetic Engineering Club.

Participating Schools

Allentown Central Catholic
Bethlehem Catholic High School
Catasauqua Area High School
Louis E. Dieruff High School
East Penn High School
Kutztown Area High School
MMI Preparatory School
Nativity BVM High School (Pottsville)
Nazareth High School
Northern Lehigh High School
Parkland High School
Philipsburg High School
Pleasant Valley High School
Pocono Mountain East High School
Southern Lehigh High School
Tulpehocken Junior/Senior High School
Wilson Area High School

Schedule of Events

Event, Location and Times

Scavenger Hunt
Quadrangle
10:20-10:50 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Biology Bowl
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
9:10-10:10 a.m., 10:20-10:50 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m., 12:20-1 p.m.

Individual Events/ Trivia
Science Center 118, Science Center 137, and Miller 31
10:20-10:50 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m., 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Experimental Design
Alumnae Hall Little Theatre: 9:10-10:10 a.m.
Miller 31 and Science Center 118: 10:20-10:50 a.m.

Final Award Ceremony
Samuels Theatre: 1:30-2 p.m.

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