More than 650 North Dakota students in grades 6-12 are scheduled to compete in the North Dakota Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 20, on the campus of North Dakota State University. Winners of the state science competition will vie for a chance to advance to nationals.
Throughout the day, students will compete in a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics events. Activities range from building a helicopter rotor device to safely drop an egg to acting as a detective tracking down the cause of a disease using hypothetical information.
“Science Olympiad provides students with an opportunity to experience hands-on science in a fun and exciting atmosphere,” said Otto Borchert, co-director for the North Dakota Science Olympiad and a programmer analyst in NDSU’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education.
Each year, a portion of the Science Olympiad events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology.
Teams are comprised of 15 students, with Division B teams having students in grades 6 through 9 and Division C teams having students in grades 9 through 12. Teams in the state competition qualified by being in the top five at a regional competition. The top-ranked team in each division will represent North Dakota at the national competition held at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, May 17-18.
The public is invited to the opening ceremony at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Bentson/Bunker Fieldhouse on the NDSU campus. The public also can watch students compete at the Bentson/Bunker Fieldhouse, Loftsgard Hall and Ehly Hall.
More information about the North Dakota Science Olympiad is available at www.ndsu.edu/olympiad.