Juniata College hosts Science Olympiad state finals

HUNTINGDON – Shady Side Academy Middle School and Springhouse Middle School finished first and second respectively in Division B of the 2014 Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Finals held May 2 at Juniata College.

This year marked the 23rd year Juniata College has hosted the state finals.

Attendees were divided into two divisions – Division B (grades sixth to nine) and Division C (grades nine to 12).

Teams attending the state finals at Juniata qualified by being among the top place-finishers at regional competitions.

There were five regional competitions held in Pennsylvania in March and April.

The Science Olympiad State Finals highlighted the deductive and reasoning skills of some of the best science students in Pennsylvania.

The goals of the Science Olympiad, a nonprofit organization, are to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and recognize outstanding achievement in science education.

The Science Olympiad involved, nationwide, more than 1 million elementary and secondary school students in classroom activities, workshops and tournaments.

For more information about the Science Olympiad, visit the Science Olympiad Web site, www.soinc.org.

Local winners include:

Division B

Bedford Middle School, third place, Robo Cross.

Bedford Middle School, second place, Shock Value.

Bedford Middle School, first place, Wheeled Vehicle.