DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque, will host the annual Chemistry Olympics on Friday, April 15. The daylong competition allows high school students to compete in events that test them on content covered in general chemistry. Winning teams receive trophies and can qualify for individual scholarships up to $2,000.
“This is shaping up to be the biggest year yet. We have seven schools coming, five of which are new to the games,” said Adam Moser, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at Loras. “Additionally this year we are introducing a new game into the mix.”
Events have included a titration race, solution identification race, solution density/drop volume race, periodic table race and a chemical quiz show. Events help students reinforce the skills and concepts taught in general chemistry and require students to balance speed with accuracy as they compete with each other to be the fastest to get the correct answer.
Chemistry Olympics also includes hands-on laboratory experiences in the DNA lab and infrared lab and a chance for high school students to talk with current college students and professors. The goal of the event is to cultivate greater interest in chemistry, and inspire future pursuits in science.
“We’re really excited to bring back the Chemistry Olympics for its biggest year yet,” said student leader Madie Avery, of Urbandale. “The event has almost doubled in size this year, and we have more Loras students involved than any previous year. Everyone has been working really hard to put the games together!”
The Loras College Chemistry Club is a student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The club received an honorable mention award from the organization in 2014 for its programming.
This event is free and open to the public to attend. Please contact Adam Moser for more information at (563) 588-7920.