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Science Olympiad

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While the Winter Olympics will not take place until next year, another Olympics took place in Minot today.

Minot State University played host to the regional Science Olympiad today.

Gary Brode went to the all-day event to see who brought home gold.

The Olympics is a time for athletes to represent their country by competing in a long list of events. Today in Minot, the top science students in the region represented their school in the Science Olympics.

(Guy Hanley, Asst. Prof., Minot State) "Activities like this expose students to the different sciences. I think it's a really great opportunity for those students to have a chance to work and test themselves in those various sciences."

While only two students can participate in a single event, the Science Olympics is considered a team event. The Regional director of the event, believes a day like today gives students other avenues of competition.

(JoAnn Schapp, Minot Regional Science Olympiad Director) "This gives them the confidence to go out and say 'I can do this', 'I'm good at this, I can do this' and they get to talk to these other kids that are of the same interest, the same desires. So it gives them a comradery."

(Gary Brode, KX News Reporter) "Robot arms, mousetrap vehicles, and forensics are some of the unique events here at the Science Olympics, with the ultimate goal of representing their school in Fargo for state competition."

(Sydney Stein, 7th Grade, Nedrose School) "That would be really awesome, that means we did something right. It would be a really good experience."

(Melanie MacPherson, 7th Grade, Nedrose School) "We don't get that many chances, other than sports and stuff, to do activities that involve a bunch of other schools.If we win or at least get place it's fun, it's nice."

Five teams from each region advance to the state finals, April 20th. For today, the 16 schools in attendance competed for the right to call themselves regional champion.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

The winner of the high school division was Magic City High School and the winner of the middle school division was Jim Hill Middle School.

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