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NJIT will make science competitive yet fun when it hosts the 2017 New Jersey Regional Science Olympiad (NJSO) Jan. 11, 2017 (snow date Jan. 12). The university will welcome nearly 700 middle and high school students who possess both strong academic achievements and great interest in STEM fields at the annual event, part of a national science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition. NJIT has hosted the regional gathering since 2007.

At the NJSO, more than three dozen student teams from Northern New Jersey will compete in more than 20 hands-on competitions called “events,” which test skills on a range of subjects from anatomy and physiology and invasive species to optics and wind power. The teams work on their projects in NJIT classrooms with coaching from their science teachers. NJIT professors and student volunteers, along with representatives from UPS, PSE&G and Northrop Grumman Corp., will supervise some events.

Team registration and event impound will begin at 8:20 a.m., followed by event sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. and award presentations starting at 3:30 p.m. Judges will select six winning teams from both the middle and high school divisions. Each winning team will win a trophy and go on to compete in the statewide Science Olympiad; those winners will then progress to the national competition.

“The Science Olympiad brings together hundreds of students interested in STEM for a fun day of team competitions,” said Suzanne Berliner Heyman, director for program operations and outreach at the Center for Pre-College Programs, which coordinates the NJSO. “It also exposes the students to NJIT, a top-ranked national university, and its prominent professors, which we hope further spurs their interest in STEM.”

Some of the NJSO competitions include:

Wind Power: Teams will build a blade assembly that consists of any kind of propeller/pinwheel/rotor attached to a CD, which will be used to capture wind power.

Write It/Do It: A technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students will attempt to recreate it using only the written description.

For a full list of contests, visit:

http://njscienceolympiad.org/events/b/descriptions/ for middle school

http://njscienceolympiad.org/events/c/descriptions/ for high school

Participating high schools by county:

Bergen: Bergen County Academies (2 teams), Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington), Pascack Hills

Essex: Golda Och Academy (West Orange), Livingston (2 teams), Millburn, Montclair

Hudson: Rising Star Academy (Union City)

Morris: Mendham, Montville, Morris Hills, Parsippany, Parsippany Hills

Passaic: Al-Ghazaly (Wayne), West Milford

Somerset: Hillsborough

Sussex: Sparta

Union: Westfield

Participating middle schools by county:

Bergen: Alpine, Eisenhower (Wyckoff), Tenakill (Closter)

Essex: Buzz Aldrin (Montclair), Glenfield (Montclair), Golda Och Academy (West Orange), Heritage (Livingston), Renaissance at Rand (Montclair)

Hudson: Hoboken Dual Language Charter, Rising Star Academy (Union City)

Morris: Mount Olive, Randolph, Robert R. Lazar (Montville)

Passaic: Al-Ghazaly (Wayne), Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented

Somerset: Montgomery Upper (Skillman), Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter (Somerset),

Central Jersey College Prep Charter (Somerset)

Union: Roosevelt Intermediate (Westfield)

Participating elementary schools by county:

Monmouth: Avon (new to NJIT)


One of only 32 polytechnic universities in the United States, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares undergraduate and graduate students and professionals to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey, conducts approximately $140 million in research activity each year, and is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT is ranked #1 nationally by Forbes for the upward economic mobility of its lowest-income students and is among the top 2 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.