Monday, June 25, 2012

Calling Olympiad alums

Here's an intriguing idea for young people (and maybe not-so-young) who want to network in the science field:  Science Olympiad is creating an online alumni network.

The academic tournament has been around for 28 years,  and the Illinois-based organization says there are millions of former competitors, teachers and other supporters.  That includes many from the Charlotte region. Notable alumni cited in the news release include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and storm chaser Reed Timmer.

The alumni group offers chances to share stories and encourages alums to volunteer for Olympiads in their area. The web page includes Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn connections.

"Now more than ever it's important to create a community that applauds those involved in STEM education," president Gerald Putz says in a news release (STEM is science, technology, engineering and math). "Science Olympiad alumni are shining examples of the type of thinkers and leaders that a STEM education produces, and will drive the future workforce."