North Dakota junior high and high school students came to MSU today to compete in the Science Olympiad.
Participants could compete in 40 events that either showcased their building abilities or their knowledge based skills like astronomy.
Bonnie Campo has the story.
¤(Joann Schapp, North West Regional Director of Olympiad) "We have 19 C division teams and 14 B division teams that are coming together for a regional competition for science. Students can either be builders, or there are the studiers, and they are competing as a team to place in one of the top 5 positions."
The kids who came are extremely dedicated. Some experiments went better than others, but the main focus is that they keep trying.
(Levi Lemer, Drake Student) "We just finished elastic launch glider. Well my buddy and I just looked at some on the Internet, and built our own. Probably would have made it a little longer and heavier on the front, cause it was pretty tail heavy. It did pretty decent. Competitions are fun and I get to put my brain to the test."
If launch gliders don't propel you-- maybe the sound of music event is more your tempo.
(Mia Bjornson, Senior Minot State and Judge) "There is a set core set that we follow, and they have a required piece of music, that they are required to perform as well as a chosen piece, a set scale and then questions that I come up with to interview them on the process that they used to create the instruments and how it produces sound. I wish that I would have been in Science Olympiad in Middle School, but that's really how I got interested in Geology was my teacher at Erik Ramstad Middle School. So, I definitely think it's important to start early."
Those who won will move on to the state competition at NDSU. In Minot-- Bonnie Campo-- KX News.
State qualifiers will meet to compete once more on April 26th so that the best and brightest may be honored as the Olympiad winners of 2014.