Nov 22, 2011 5:40 PM by Christina Lysacek
Enthusiastic students from schools all over the state went head-to-head in competition today to see whose science projects and contraptions were most effective as Montana State hosted the 27th annual Montana Science Olympiad.
"There are events for future biologists, chemists, physicists, earth scientists and engineers," said Elisabeth Swanson, an MSU professor of science education.
Middle school and high school students each had 14 events in which they could compete.
"Many of the events involved building an apparatus like gravity vehicles, mouse trap vehicles or helicopters," said Swanson.
Ninety schools from around the state were represented in today's competition.
"The Science Olympiad is very grueling because the students spend literally hundreds of hours on these projects for the events so they can represent their schools," said Ted Polette, the Clancy School team coach.
One team will be chosen from the middle school and high school categories to represent Montana in the Science Olympiad National Championships held in Orlando, Florida this coming May.