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UNCW Hosts 2017 Regional Science Olympiad

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties were on campus March 4 to compete in the annual Regional Science Olympiad. ‪WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) coordinates the annual event in collaboration with campus, business and community volunteers.

‪Throughout the day, approximately 70 student teams launched bottle rockets, built gliders, analyzed forensic evidence and shared knowledge of rocks and minerals as they competed in 46 activities designed to enhance their knowledge of STEM. The majority of the day’s events and the closing awards ceremony were held in Trask Coliseum. Other activities were held in Bear, Dobo and DeLoach Halls, the Teaching Laboratory and on Hoggard Lawn.

In addition, scholarships totaling $23,000 were awarded and medals and trophies were presented to top student and team finishers. Top finishing schools will compete for state honors in Raleigh on April 22.

‪“The Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad competition has doubled in middle and high school student participation and interest over the past ten years,” notes Dennis Kubasko, Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad co-director and associate professor for secondary science education. “Science Olympiad is the largest STEM infused competition in the state of North Carolina and Wilmington is one its largest regional competitions. Every year, more than 150 volunteers, including UNCW faculty, staff and students, give their time, energy and expertise to engage our youth in STEM-infused experiences.”