Volunteers needed for Science Olympiad Fossil Challenge

Indiana University is hosting the Indiana State Science Olympiad and there are a number of activities going on here on campus the day of the event, Saturday March 19th. The competition this year features a fossil identification challenge and we’re in need of volunteers to help with the grading of the fossil activity (key provided). You don’t have to be paleo-inclined, just willing to help out with a group of highly motivated high school and middle school students that are interested in the history of life on this planet.


We are looking for 2-3 volunteers to assist in judging the Indiana State Science Olympiad competition for fossils, B and C divisions (middle and high school level).  The competition is Sat. March 19 and runs from 8:45-4:00 in  the east wing of the Geology Building, in Room S-201.


The high school (C) competition is in the morning, middle school (B) in the afternoon.  Volunteers would need to grade the answer sheets as competitors finish.  Volunteers will be provided an answer key, so knowledge of fossils is not a requirement.  Students who compete in Science Olympiad are very academically motivated, and these students represent the best in the state;  it should be a respectful, fun group to work with. These volunteer opportunities look great on a grad school application, so please let me know if you’re interested! Email me at garymotz (at) indiana.edu.


Volunteers will receive pizza, a t-shirt, and the opportunity to encourage STEM engagement for many of Indiana’s young learners!




Paleontology Collections Manager Department of Geological Sciences Project Coordinator for Digitization Activities

Center for Biological Research Collections

Indiana University – Bloomington Campus 1001 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47405

Office:  Geological Sciences Room 519 Phone:  (812) 856-3500 (6-3500)

Email:  garymotz (at) indiana.edu