Edison, NJ - J.P. Stevens High School placed fifth in its Division at the the New Jersey Science Olympiad (NJSO) State Finals Tournament, which  took place on March 12 at MIddlesex County College.

The Science Olympiad, an international nonprofit organization, strives to improve science education and increase student interests in science through classroom activities, research, training workshops and through intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.

J.P. Stevens competed with 26 other teams in its division and placed fifth overall with a total score of 211.  Other local teams in its division included East Brunswick, which placed eighth, and South Brunswick High School which placed sixth.  West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South placed first.

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NJSO has been working since 1993 to introduce high academic standards, demonstrations of skills through performance testing, learning through hands on, minds-on activities, cooperative  learning through events that require teamwork, improved self-concept through success in achieving high standards and making applications and connections to the real world.

According to the organization, the “New Jersey Science Olympiad events are closely aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and include strong components for problem solving, critical thinking and use of technology. Science Olympiad also portrays the close relationship between teaching and assessment. Assessment tasks are developmentally appropriate for young children, and include recognition of students' physical skills and cognitive abilities.”

Teams competed in 25 events, with topics ranging from Anatomy to Chemistry and Forensics.
J.P. Stevens placed fifth in Codebusters, fifth in Dynamic Planet, sixth in Fossils, and fifth in Geological Mapping. The school also took fourth place in Herpetology, first in Sounds of Music, third in Thermodynamics, and sixth in Ornithology, which was a trial event.

As per New Jersey Science Olympiad Policy, these scores become official five days after the tournament. Changes are possible in the unlikely event that an error is found, said the organization. The results become official on Sunday March 17.