More than 1,000 middle and high school students will take part in the Kansas Science Olympiad at Wichita State University in April.
Wichita State University will host the 29th annual Kansas Science Olympiad state competition on Saturday, April 12. More than 1,000 middle and high school students from across the state of Kansas will test their scientific and creative skills through a variety of events focusing in scientific and engineering disciplines. The program promotes analytical and innovative thinking among students, as they compete to win in different events. The Science Olympiad also inspires students to further their studies and explore beyond what is taught in the classroom.
The competition includes events such as designing and flying a rubber-band powered airplane that remains aloft for as long as possible, constructing a robot to perform a predetermined set of tasks, observing a "crime scene" and using chemistry lab techniques to determine the guilty party and identifying fossil specimens and determining the organisms' living environments.
The state competition follows four regional contests. The winning teams from the four regional contests have advanced to the next level of the competition, and will compete at the state level. The top-scoring team in the middle and high school division will continue to compete in the National Science Olympiad Tournament, which will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout on May 18-21.
The Science Olympiad will take place in various locations across the Wichita State University campus, and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. There is no cost associated with registration. Information will be available in the Rhatigan Student Center, room 233, on the day of the competition.
The schedule of events is as follows:
- Air Trajectory, 9 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Heskett Center gym
- Bottle Rocket, 11 a.m.-2:50 p.m. field south of Koch Arena
- Bridge Building, 9-11:50 a.m., 1-3:50 p.m. 208 Hubbard Hall
- Elastic Launch Glider, 9-11:50 a.m. Heskett Center gym
- Electric Vehicle, 9 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Heskett Center gym
- Mission Possible, 10 a.m.-1:45 p.m. CAC Theater
- Robot Arm, 9 a.m.-2:50 p.m. 231 Hubbard Hall
- Scrambler, 9 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Heskett Center gym
- Wright Stuff, 1-3:50 p.m. Heskett Center gym
- Middle School Awards Ceremony, 4:45-6 p.m. Heskett Center gym
- High School Awards Ceremony, 4:45-6 p.m. CAC Theater
The Kansas Science Olympiad state competition is supported by Wichita State University and Lubrication Engineers, and is coordinated by WSU's Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education.