Clovis students show off science skills

March 10, 2014 by  

At the start of March, more than 700 students from Fresno County showed off their scientific abilities at the Secondary Regional Science Olympiad Competition.

Subjects in the competition included anatomy, earth science, geology, mechanical engineering, physics, and technology. The contest focused on the student’s research and problem solving abilities, as well as their inventiveness. Students in grades seven through 12 participated in the event.

Overall, there were 15 teams from area middle schools and 18 teams from local high schools at the event on March 1.

The structure of the Science Olympiad is similar to a track meet. Instead of competing in physical activities, though, the students compete in academic tests. Most of the tests are team-based and require students to work together. Contests included the bungee drop, rotor egg drop, wheeled vehicle, and helicopters.

Of the 33 teams that participated on the day, eight were chosen to compete in the statewide contest in April. The organizers of the Olympiad could use stationery printers to make certificates honoring the teams that will move on.

A number of teams from schools in Clovis will be advancing to the next round. In Division C, Clovis West team A took first place, while Clovis North team A took third. Teams from University High took second and fourth place.

Middle school teams that will be competing in April include Edison Computech Middle School, which took first place.