Science Olympiad News
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North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO)
Nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties have competed in the annual Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Teams compete in forty-six activities that test their skills and knowledge of chemistry, physics, engineering, technology and more.
The fun activities range from launching bottle rockets and building gliders to examining a “crime scene” to identifying rocks and minerals. The Olympiad is hosted by the UNC Wilmington CESTEM.
Kimberly Bierstedt, Lead Science Teacher of New Hanover County Schools, is the other co-director.
UNCW faculty and students along with community volunteers design events that produce scores that determine first, second, third and fourth-place medal winners, with trophies from state and national organizations going to the top finishers in each division. Top finishers qualify to compete at the State Tournament held in Raleigh at N.C. State University. The top two teams at the state tournament will represent North Carolina at the National Science Olympiad.
NCSO activities are funded in part by the Time Warner Cable’s Connect-a-Million-Minds initiative. The Wilmington Regional event is facilitated with the help of volunteers from Time Warner Cable, General Electric, Corning, New Hanover County Schools, the UNCW Watson College of Education the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services and the Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Hands-on, Minds-on activities are highlighted in the following events:
Forensics: Given a scenario and possible suspects, teams will perform a series of tests. These tests, along with other evidence or test results will be used to solve a crime and name the perpetrator.
Fermi Questions: A “Fermi Question” is a science related question that seeks a fast, rough estimate of a quantity, which is either difficult or impossible to measure directly.
Elastic Launch Glider: The object of this event is to design, build and test two elastic-launched gliders designed for the highest time aloft. This event challenges students to build and test gliders that must be launched at floor level, ascend to a high point and then transition into a slow descending glide pattern.
Bottle Rockets: Prior to the tournament, teams design and construct up to two rockets designed to stay aloft for the greatest amount of time.
Gravity Vehicle: Teams design, build, and test one vehicle and ramp that uses gravitational potential energy as the vehicle’s sole means of propulsion to reach a Target Point as quickly, as accurately, and as close to their predicted time as possible.
Mousetrap Vehicle: Teams design, build, and test one vehicle using one or two mousetraps as its sole means of propulsion to travel a distance as quickly and accurately as possible from a Start Point to a Target Point.
See the full schedule!