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U Hosts Science Olympiad

A student competing in the 2012 Utah Science Olympiad adjusts a wheel on his vehicle. More than 900 students will descend on the University of Utah campus for the 2013 Utah Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 13.

April 8, 2013 – More than 900 local junior high and high school students will compete in a battle of the brains Saturday, April 13 at the University of Utah as part of the Utah Science Olympiad, a state science education competition cosponsored by the U’s College of Engineering.

Students will compete in teams to build helicopters, magnetic trains that levitate and cars made from mousetraps. Utah students will vie for $100,000 in scholarship prizes.

Nationwide, 6,800 teams participate in Science Olympiad competitions, designed to expose youngsters to science and engineering careers while bringing classroom science to life.

“These challenges test students’ ingenuity and intellect in a fun, academic track meet-type environment,” says Ashley Nicholes, Utah Science Olympiad coordinator.

This event is open to the public and news media. The helicopter, maglev and mousetrap vehicle competitions will be held at the Jon M. Huntsman Center, 1825 E. South Campus Drive in Salt Lake City from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Utah Science Olympiad is one of 50 state competitions culminating in the Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 17 and 18, 2013 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. The winning junior high and high school teams from each state go on to the national competition in Dayton.

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