GALVESTON — Texas A&M University at Galveston will host a regional Science Olympiad today with concurrent science competitions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various places on campus. 

Science Olympiad’s lineup of events in all STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices. 

It also serves to  energize classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.

The Texas Science Olympiad tournament consists of a series of team events, which students grades seven through 12 prepare for during the year. 

The competitions follow the format of popular board games, television shows and athletic games. 

These challenging and motivational events are well-balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, technology and inquiry.

There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.

Dr. Melanie Lesko, Texas A&M Regional Science Olympiad director and Texas A&M Galveston interim department head of marine sciences, said this is the seventh year that the Galveston campus has hosted the Olympiad.

“Our Olympiad is made possible by hard work and preparation involving many of our faculty, staff and student volunteers, as well as a few folks from the local community,” Lesko said. 

“The competition is a fun and challenging day for future scientists and engineers.”

Lesko said up to 500 visitors are expected to be on campus.

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