Western Michigan University hosted more than 400 middle school and high school students earlier this year at a regional Science Olympiad tournament. Recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math competitions, Science Olympiad involves more than 7,000 teams in all 50 states. WMU, host to the Region 10 competition, included students from Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.
Teams competed in challenges such as Wright Stuff, a flight endurance contest powered by rubber-band engines; Mission Possible, developing a Rube Goldberg device and energy transfers to complete a task; and Scrambler, which involves building and racing a model car while transporting an egg on its hood.
“Science Olympiad is a program with a mission to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists,” said Scot Conant, of WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and regional tournament director. “It was an exciting day for these talented students participating in rigorous hands-on competitions.”
About 150 WMU students, faculty and staff volunteers helped with the event.