What is the Disease Detectives Event?
In 2000, CDC partnered with Science Olympiad and established the National Science Olympiad Disease Detectives Event, an exam-based series of interscholastic tournaments for middle and high school students. The Disease Detectives Event
- Challenges students to apply scientific methods, critical thinking, and reasoning skills used by CDC disease detectives
- Provides in-depth exposure to public health sciences, including epidemiology, to >12,000 middle and high school students each year
- Brings best teams from across the U.S. to compete in the national tournament
What is Science Olympiad?
Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of science education and interest in science for students (grades K–12). Science Olympiad competitions
- Are premier rigorous academic interscholastic science tournaments with events held across the US
- Include teams from all 50 states
- Are grade-related and span all areas of science
What is CDC's role in the Disease Detectives Event?
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- Allows epidemiologists to participate as judges at the national competition
- Invites gold medal (first place) winners of the national high school competition to visit its Atlanta headquarters and meet with CDC scientists and researchers
- Supports the state of Georgia's Disease Detective Event tournaments for elementary and middle schools
- Maintains web-based event materials that coaches and students may use to prepare for the Disease Detectives event
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