INA, Ill. (Feb. 5, 2013) – Rend Lake College’s Math and Sciences Division will host the annual Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Academic Challenge for district high school students on Thursday, Feb. 7. The event will bring approximately 175 visitors to the Ina campus.
Area high school students will be competing in biology, chemistry, English, math, physics, computers, and graphics. They are coming from Benton, Waltonville, Woodlawn, Pinckneyville, Christopher, Zeigler-Royalton, Sesser-Valier, Mt. Vernon, Webber Township, Wayne City and Hamilton County.
Teams will begin the day by registering from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in Science Building Room 131. The first testing period is from 9:30 - 10:10 a.m., followed by the second period from 10:30 - 11:10 a.m. Lunch and activities will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym, followed by the awards presentation in the theatre. All testing will take place in the science building and is being administered by RLC faculty members Cindy Caldwell, Carrie Ragan, Paul Sandrock, Tina Grounds, Abel Kinser, Lynda Laningham, Diane Metzger, Kay Shaw, Linda Denton, Brenda Heinzmann and Larry Williams.
“Rend Lake College has hosted this regional event for years now,” said RLC Math and Sciences Division Chair Andrea Banach. “It’s a wonderful event where students can challenge each other and find out how they compare to their peers in these subjects.”
The annual Academic Challenge is one part of the international program WYSE, which is headquartered at the University of Illinois. RLC will host the regional level of competition on Thursday where winners advance to the sectional competition. Testing increases in difficulty with each round – regional, sectional and state finals. Teams are grouped by division, based on enrollment.
Additional information is available by contacting the RLC Math and Sciences Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1288.