Rhode Island Science Olympiad at RIC, April 9

The 22nd annual Rhode Island Science Olympiad will take place on Saturday, April 9, at Rhode Island College. Events run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with awards at 3:30 p.m. The Science Olympiad is based in Donovan Dining Center, but events will be occurring throughout the campus.

More than 600 middle and high school students representing 42 schools from throughout the state will participate, along with coaches, event supervisors, family and friends.

The Science Olympiad is a national program (www.soinc.org) that seeks to increase interest in science. It aims to teach science by involving students in active, hands-on activities that emphasize problem solving and the scientific process. In state and national competitions, winners of individual events win athletic-style medals, with winning teams earning trophies.

At the national level, scholarships are awarded to some of the top winners. The first place team in each division is eligible to represent Rhode Island at the National Science Olympiad at The University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, May 20-21.

The Rhode Island Science Olympiad is sponsored by Rhode Island College, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, and the Rhode Island Science Teachers Association.

Participating Schools include Division B (Middle School): Barrington Middle School, Birchwood Middle School, Chariho Middle School, Davisville Middle School (North Kingstown), Dr. E. A. Ricci School (North Providence), Hugh B. Bain Middle School (Cranston), Jamestown-Lawn School, Lincoln Middle School, Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket), Nathan Bishop Middle School (Providence), North Smithfield Middle School, Paul Cuffee School (Providence), Portsmouth Middle School, Western Hills Middle School (Cranston), Wheeler School (Providence), Wickford Middle School (North Kingstown), and Woonsocket Middle School.

Division C (High School): Barrington High School, Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick), Burrillville High School, Central Falls High School, Chariho High School, Classical High School (Providence), Cranston High School East, Cranston High School West, E3 High School (Providence), East Greenwich High School, Exeter-West Greenwich High School, LaSalle Academy (Providence), Lincoln High School, Moses Brown (Providence), Mount Hope High School (Bristol/Warren), Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket), North Providence High School, North Smithfield High School, Pilgrim High School, (Warwick), Portsmouth High School, Smithfield High School, Toll Gate High School (Warwick), Tolman High School (Pawtucket), Westerly High School, and Wheeler School (Providence).

Each team of 15 young scientists will participate in events designed to test their knowledge of science, laboratory skills and engineering.

Events range from laboratory activities like Chemistry Lab, Anatomy, and Crimebusters to engineering tasks such as Mouse Trap Vehicle, where students construct mousetrap-powered vehicles to push a plastic cup a certain distance, stop, and return to a designated position as quickly as possible; Mission Possible, in which they design and build a Rube Goldberg type device that is initiated by dropping a quarter in the top to start a series of complex actions that culminate in raising a helium balloon carrying a sign with their school’s name; and Helicopters, in which they build a helicopter that they all hope will have the longest time aloft.

The events open to the public include Battery Buggy, Bottle Rocket, Helicopters, Mission Possible, Mouse Trap Vehicle, Storm the Castle, and Science Bowl.

For more information, contact James Magyar at (401) 456-8049 or . For more information visit www.ric.edu/faculty/organic/ScienceOlympiad.