Regional Science Olympiad at GC Saturday
Posted: 02/08/2013 at 1:26 pm
By: Marlys Weaver-Stoesz
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Goshen College junior Ruth Wiens (far left) weights in the Tower project of Northridge Middle School students Kelly Blough and Andrew Maas. Both are seventh graders. Students build a tower from wood that must support a bucket loaded with sand. The tower that supports the most weight is the winner. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Bethany Christian Middle School seventh graders Simon Hurst (left) and Lane Miller build an aquifer during the Awesome Aquifers competition in the Goshen College Science Olympiad 2/11/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
The Northridge Middle School tower collapses under the weight of a bucket of sand in the Tower competition in the Science Olympiad at Goshen College 2/11/2012. Seventh graders Kelly Blough (left) and Andrew Haas were loading sand into the bucket under the table. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
In Science Olympiad competitions, teams of students compete in a variety of science-related challenges. Many call on students to use hands-on skills, such as a challenge in which teams build a cantilevered wooden structure or another in which students must create an experiment and report based on several objects presented to students at the contest. Others require students to answer questions about a topic, such as rocks and minerals, forestry or anatomy.
Out of the eight middle school teams and 11 high school teams competing at Goshen College Saturday, three in each level will be able to go on to the state competition at Indiana University Bloomington on Saturday, March 16, according to information on the collegeís Science Olympiad webpage. One more team in each level will be selected to go on to the Wild Card Tournament at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette on March 9. The national tournament will be May 17-18 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
The contest makes a full day for teams, with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony finishing around 4:45 p.m. The events will take place in Goshen Collegeís Music Center, administration building, Union, Wyse Hall and science building.
Altogether there will be 23 different activities in the competition, though several are designated for only middle school teams or only high school teams.
For more information visit www.goshen.edu/bio/SciOlymp.