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Area High Schools Compete in Clarkson Regional Adirondack Science Olympiad
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The Regional Science Olympiad is part of the National Science Olympiad Program, a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education to students and teachers. The tournament consists of team events designed to encourage increased participation in the areas of math, science and technology. The top-three finishing teams are invited to participate in the New York State Olympiad.
The day-long competition consisted of events which tested student's knowledge in fields such as Health Science, Astronomy, Entomology, Geology, and Biology and their experimental skills in Physics and Chemistry. Students were also asked to design and construct a robot, a weight-bearing structure, a model airplane, and an egg transport device.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top teams in each event and the winning teams in the overall competition were awarded trophies. Watertown High School entered two teams and swept both first and second place in the overall competition, Carthage High School took third place and Norwood-Norfolk High School placed fourth. These three schools will represent the Adirondack region in the New York State Science Olympiad.
Ogdensburg Free Academy placed fifth in the competition and Chateaugay earned a sixth-place finish. Three schools competing for the first time won medals in the Olympiad. Canton High School won Gold and Silver medals, Ogdensburg Free Academy won Gold, silver and bronze medals and Potsdam High School won two silver and two bronze medals. PCS also earned the "Spirit Award" for showing the most enthusiasm for Science.
Generous support for the Regional Science Olympiad has come from Clarkson University outreach initiatives and the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES. Clarkson and community educational services have been working closely to increase the number of opportunities for North Country students and teachers to achieve the goal of improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.
PHOTO CAPTION: Students from 15 high schools competed in the Adirondack Regional Science Competition at Clarkson University Saturday, February 10. The competition tests the students' knowledge in several areas of science and technology, as well as their design and construction skills. Shown are Potsdam High School Senior Debbie Lewis and Junior Greta Collins.