CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Science and Engineering held the fifth annual Regional Science Olympiad at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Saturday, March 7, with 13 teams of about 17 students each from middle schools and high schools competing to advance to state competition. Tournaments ranged from Fossils and Disease Detectives to Astronomy and Forensics.
The event showcased the different skills of about 200 youth in areas of physics, geology, engineering, biology, and chemistry.
For example, in Robo-Cross, student-built robots competed to perform tasks, like stacking blocks or pennies. And, in Wright Stuff, named after the Wright Brothers, students designed propeller-powered planes and competed to see which went the furthest.
The Science Olympiad is one of the many ways the University encourages students from around the Coastal Bend to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. The University strongly encourages active, hands-on, group participation to help achieve educational goals for today’s youth. The Science Olympiad demonstrated how this learning environment prepares them for a future in science.
Saturday’s event was part of the Science Olympiad, a national nonprofit organization developed to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science, and provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.The state tournament will be held April 24 and 25 at Texas A&M University-College Station.