CEF Supports Science Olympiad Program

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Carlsbad Educational Foundation Supports Science Olympiad Program

Beckman Coulter Foundation and McCarthy Family Foundation grants support hands-on science at three middle schools and Carlsbad High

Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), a non-profit organization devoted to developing and launching educational and enrichment programs for nearly 11,000 Carlsbad students, announces continued support for the Science Olympiad program at all three Carlsbad middle schools and Carlsbad High Schoolduring the 2010-2011 school year. Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of science education through “academic track meets” where a cross-section of students participates in tournaments that foster teamwork and collaboration.
This program, which reinforces one of CEF’s goals to enrich education through increased hands-on science, is being made possible through generous grants from the Beckman Coulter Foundation and McCarthy Family Foundation. Specifically, the grant from Beckman Coulter provided the necessary funds to sponsor 10 teams across CUSD’s three middle schools: Aviara Oaks, Calavera Hills andValley Middle Schools.

An additional grant from the McCarthy Family Foundation provided the necessary funding to support the second-year continuation of two Science Olympiad teams at Carlsbad High School. Both grants have provided valuable assistance in covering costs associated with team registration fees, competition-related supplies and coaching stipends for each lead coach.

“The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is thrilled to continue its partnership with the Beckman Coulter Foundation to support the Science Olympiad program at our middle schools,” said Valin Brown, CEO of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “At the same time, we are indebted to the McCarthy Family Foundation for making it possible to provide ongoing support for Science Olympiad at the high school level as a tremendous way for students to continue their passion for hands-on science in the upper grades.”
Initial funds from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation were donated in 2008 – 2009 to help expand the Science Olympiad Program from Valley Middle School to all three middle schools throughout Carlsbad.  CEF is proud to continue this legacy of funding support for the district-wide program.
For more than a quarter century, Science Olympiad has helped create a passion for learning that has led to a revolution in science education. Each tournament includes keenly balanced elements from the various science disciplines, including chemistry, biology and physics. The San Diego County Regional Science Olympiad Competition for Division B, which encompasses CUSD middle schools, took place on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Rancho Bernardo High School. The San Diego County Regional Science Olympiad Competition at the high school level takes place Saturday, Feb. 19 at Del Norte High School in Poway.

At the Feb. 5 competition, Valley Middle School placed 14th out of 30 regional schools.  Individually, students from all three middle schools placed in the top 20 across a variety of individual test, build, and lab events.  A total of 86 teams from regional schools competed in more than 20 competitive events.
The goal of Science Olympiad is to create a passion for learning science and recognize high levels of academic achievement by motivated students in an exciting and challenging extra-curricular enrichment program. Since 1984, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers now is one of the premiere science competitions in the nation. In 2011, there are 6,000 secondary schools from 49 states participating in the Science Olympiad National Tournament with an additional 10,000 elementary schools holding tournaments or other hands-on events.