Regional Science Olympiad Winners Advance to State Tourney General, Natural Sciences Regional Science Olympiad Winners Advance to State Tourney Top teams will compete April 13 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Ruthie Counter | 0 Area high school and middle school teams advance to statewide scientific competition next month after winning the recent Parkland College Regional Science Olympiad tournament. The following top teams will compete at the April 13 Illinois Science Olympiad state tournament at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Division B (middle schools) St. Matthew Catholic School (1st place) Franklin STEAM Academy (2nd place) Division C (high schools) University Laboratory High School (1st place) Mahomet Seymour High School (2nd place) Centennial High School (3rd place) Argenta-Oreana High School (4th place) During the regional tourney in early March, 26 varsity and junior varsity teams from 17 area schools used their problem-solving skills and knowledge of scientific concepts in 40+ events throughout the day, including hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Students were tested on biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology concepts. Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Last year, more than 7,400 secondary schools participated in Science Olympiad tournaments.