middle- and high-school students will participate in Wayne County Science
Olympiad at UM-Dearborn on March 4
DEARBORN---Months of hard work by approximately 1,500 students and their
teachers will culminate in the Wayne County Science Olympiad to be held
at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on March 4.
This is the first time the event will be held at UM-Dearborn and is jointly
sponsored by the campus's chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering
"We are proud of our student engagement and believe that the Tau
Beta Pi members will take that engagement to new levels working with the
Science Olympiad this year and in the future," Henderson said.
Opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the campus's Fieldhouse,
with other parts of the Olympiad held in other facilities on campus.
Alumnus Andrew Toy is director of the Wayne County Science Olympiad and
alumni advisor to the UM-Dearborn chapter of Tau Beta Pi.
"I am a graduate of the Science Olympiad and I know first-hand the
value of this activity in supporting students' experience with and knowledge
of science," Toy said. "It promotes and supports students to
be leaders, go to college and to consider, maybe for the first time, a
career in science or a technology-related field. These college graduates
then have the potential to lend their expertise and leadership working
for businesses and corporations in southeastern Michigan."
Toy, who received his bachelor's degree in engineering at UM-Dearborn
in 1995, works for Ford Motor Co. He is coordinating the program with
Andrew Flowerday, who received three bachelor's degrees from UM-Dearborn
The Wayne County Science Olympiad has been held in the South Redford
Schools under the leadership of Thurston teacher Eleanor Sheposh. Sheposh
is the longest serving member of the Michigan Science Olympiad executive
board and served as regional director of the Wayne County Science Olympiad
for more than 20 years. The event has been moved to UM-Dearborn to allow
it to expand further.
Winning teams selected at the event will move on to the state competition
in April at Michigan State University. The national competition will be
held in May at the University of Indiana.
Students taking part in the Science Olympiad work together in teams to
compete for time and accuracy in a wide variety of challenges across different
areas of science and math. The mission of the Science Olympiad is "to
promote and improve student interest in science and to improve the quality
of K-12 science education throughout the nation."