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Montana Science Olympiad
April 7 @ 8:00am
Montana Science Olympiad virtual tournament set for April 7
Registration is now open for the Montana Science Olympiad, one of the state’s largest and longest-running science competitions for youth. The event, which typically takes place in November on the Montana State University campus, will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 7.
In the Montana Science Olympiad, middle and high school teams from across the state compete against other schools in rigorous, standards-based challenges across a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics. Teams can choose from more than a dozen events in topics such as astronomy, engineering and the life sciences that test a broad range of skills, from communication to critical thinking.
Changes for this year include a focus on digital design and a rubber-band powered helicopter build that can easily be accomplished at home. A software platform designed specifically for the organization will allow duos to communicate and answer questions simultaneously.
Students have been disheartened as other events and activities are canceled due to COVID-19, according to Suzi Taylor, director of the MSU Science Math Resource Center, which hosts the event. The virtual format will allow students to compete from anywhere.
“We’re really excited that we can hold a tournament for the students,” Taylor said. “Even though it’s not exactly what they’re used to, the students count on it, the teachers count on it and they’re fired up to do it.”
Students compete as teams, not individuals, and teams must be affiliated with a school. Coaches can be teachers, parents or community members. New teams are encouraged to join. Team fees have been lowered for the virtual competition. The deadline to register is March 15.
An awards ceremony will broadcast online after the event. Top teams go on to compete at the national Science Olympiad, which will be hosted virtually by Arizona State University this May.
For more information and to register, visit montana.edu/smrc/mtso.