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Family Engineering at Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament

Date and Time

Saturday, March 24, 2012
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Allendale Campus, GVSU



Regional 12 Science Olympiad Tournament

Saturday, March 24, 2012 is the date of the 28th Michigan Science Olympiad Regional Tournament hosted by Grand Valley State University. The Science Olympiad organization is dedicated to improving the quality of science education.  This year, seventy one middle and high schools in Kent and Ottawa County will come together at Grand Valley State University to join in the excitement of learning through competition.

We invite you to join us on the Allendale campus to view open competition events and the Awards Ceremony.  For more information, please visit or call the Regional Math and Science Center at (616) 331-2267.


Introducing Family Engineering

In conjunction with the Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network, the National Defense Education Program, Square One Education Network, Michigan Technological University, and the Michigan STEM Partnership, we are pleased to incorporate the recently developed Family Engineering activities at our tournament today. These are fun, hands-on engineering activities and events that help elementary and middle school students and parents learn about what engineers do and the role engineering plays in all aspects of our lives.

Family Engineering activities also raise awareness of the many career opportunities in engineering.

We hope that you will explore our Family Engineering activities from 1–4 p.m.  located in the Upper Arena Lobby of the GVSU Fieldhouse (Allendale Campus).  Be sure to visit the other exhibits featuring resources designed to increase awareness and inspire interest in the exciting world of STEM! Don’t miss the fun!


Raising Awareness for STEM Education

Major reports over the last few years have brought the need for comprehensive and quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for students of all ages.

STEM disciplines identified by the National Science Foundation include:

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Biological sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Psychology
  • Economics and other social/behavioral sciences
  • Computer science
  • Earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences






Many of these disciplines are addressed by the events of the Science Olympiad Tournament.

There is a growing conviction in the State of Michigan that:

  • an education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is critical to our children’s future and the continued growth and prosperity of Michigan;
  • if Michigan students become inspired by science, technology, and mathematics at an early age, there is a greater likelihood they will want to enter those growing career fields when they graduate;
  • increased awareness in our community of STEM education and STEM-related careers will advance Michigan’s workforce;
  • STEM-related careers will be pivotal in the 21st century economy; and
  • STEM education will ensure our state’s workforce will be better equipped for the jobs of tomorrow.


Karen Meyers



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