April 17, 2013
SUBJECT: Middle School, High School and College-age Students Sharpen Science Skills at Missouri Academy of Science Competition
“On last year's Nation's Report Card assessments, only one third of eighth graders qualified as proficient in math or science,” Scientific American magazine reports. But Missouri middle schools, high schools and colleges are working to ensure students have ample opportunity to develop their scientific skills. On April 19 and 20, students of varying class levels from across the state will convene at the annual Missouri Academy of Science competition, which will be held at College of the Ozarks this year.
During the competition, students will present research in behavioral science, chemistry, biology, engineering, physics, mathematics, and environmental science among others. At the conclusion of this adjudicated competition, finalists and winners will be announced for each of the categories.
Also during the meeting, Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Robert Snyder will present a lecture on the importance of protecting mountain mist forest and pastoral livelihoods in northern Kenya. Dr. Snyder has done extensive outreach work as Director of Food for the Hungry in Kenya and will use his experiences to demonstrate the role of science in supporting humanitarian efforts.
Schools that will compete include: Tuscumbia Middle School and High School, Chillicothe Middle School and High School, Bode Middle School, St. Ambrose Middle School, High Point Middle School, La Plata High School, Mid-Buchanan High School, Central High School, Seneca High School, Camdenton High School, Thayer High School and Oak Ridge High School.
Colleges and universities to be represented include University of Missouri, Missouri Southern, Missouri Western, Lincoln University, College of the Ozarks, Evangel Uniersity, Central Methodist, Northwest Missouri, State Fair Community College, Southeast Missouri, Missouri State, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Westminster and Columbia College.
The Missouri Academy of Science was created in 1934 “for the purposes of promoting the increase and the diffusion of scientific spirit, and promoting cooperation between the scientific interests of Missouri.”
According to Scientific American, “there are pockets of excellence across the U.S. where student achievement is world-beating.” The Missouri Academy of Science competition will surely demonstrate that the love and dedication to science is still alive and well in Missouri.
This event is not open to the public, only to registered students, teachers and sponsors. Media interested in learning more may contact (417) 690-2212.