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26th High School Biology Day October 20th at WIU

October 18, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois UniversityÂ’s 26th annual Biology Day for high school students will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 on the Macomb campus.

Some 350 students from 17 regional schools will explore various aspects of the field of biology and participate in one of two academic competitions. A variety of seminars, including discussion of recent research and career issues, will be presented by Western Illinois biology faculty and students. Activities will take place in Waggoner Hall.

Participating schools, listed by Illinois counties, include:

  • FULTON COUNTY - Astoria High School; Lewistown High School; VIT High School, Table Grove

  • HANCOCK COUNTY - Southeastern High School, Augusta

  • McDONOUGH COUNTY - Bushnell-Prairie City High School

  • MENARD COUNTY - Athens High School

  • MERCER COUNTY - Aledo High School

  • PIKE COUNTY - Griggsville-Perry High School; West Pike High School, Kinderhook

  • ROCK ISLAND COUNTY - Rock Island High School; Rock Ridge High School, Taylor Ridge

  • SANGAMON COUNTY - Auburn High School, New Berlin High School

  • SCOTT COUNTY - Bluffs High School

  • TAZEWELL COUNTY - East Peoria High School, Washington Community High School.

Mediapolis (IA) High School is also participating.
Competitions will include the hall competition and Biology Bowl. The hall competition includes examining various display cases in Waggoner Hall and answering questions about those displays. In the bowl competition teams of four students compete against other schools regarding their biological content knowledge. The final round of the Biology Bowl is scheduled at 1:15 p.m. in Morgan Hall 108, followed by an awards ceremony.

Biology Day is one of several science outreach events sponsored by the departments of biology, physics and chemistry in WesternÂ’s Science Teaching Center. For more information about the Science Teaching Center, including resource information for middle and high school science teachers, visit

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