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Students conduct an experiment at the Indiana State Science Olympiad on March 18. Photo courtesy of the IU Office of Science Outreach.

Science Olympiad brings hundreds of students, parents, teachers to campus

Teens from 74 schools across the state competed in tournament covering areas of science as diverse as anatomy and physiology to hovercraft engineering

(This article was originally published in the IU Bloomington newsroom: http://go.iu.edu/1uwO)

By Laura Ellsworth 

Indiana University recently welcomed over 1,800 middle school and high school students from 74 schools across the state to compete in the 2017 Indiana State Science Olympiad, a competitive tournament covering areas of science as diverse as anatomy and physiology to hovercraft engineering.

IU has hosted the tournament for over 25 years, and many volunteers are IU faculty and staff. This year's event was IU Department of Physics research scientist James Sluka's sixth time volunteering as an event supervisor for the robotics competition.

"The hands-on nature of the competition gives the students a better feel for what STEM projects typically involve," said Sluka. "The students get away from book and classroom-based learning and get a chance to apply what they've learned and to brainstorm solutions to a physical problem. The overall process gives the students hands-on experience in working through a challenge from start to finish."

In the robotics competition, students worked on a challenge that required moving and flipping pennies onto a target, using robots that range from modified commercial machines to those that were built from scratch.

Read the full article: http://go.iu.edu/1uwO