Science Olympiad competes at state

Sophomore Allison Andreasen works on a project for one of the events she participated in. The Science Olympiad competition took place April 9 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

The Science Olympiad teams competed April 9 at Coe College. The high school teams placed fifth, sixth and seventh overall in their division. The middle school teams placed third, fifth and eighth in their division. Individuals received medals for events in which they placed first, second or third.

Science Olympiad is a science club that begins at the middle school level and continues into high school. There are three high school teams coached by ninth grade science teacher Lisa Horsch and three middle school teams coached by eighth grade science teacher Liz Herzmann.

There are different events in which students can participate. Events range from studying materials prior to competition and taking a test over them to building devices and testing to see how they work. Some events require students to build a device and test over what was learned in order to build the device.

There is one state competition that students go and compete at in Cedar Rapids every spring. Schools from across the state go to compete, including Ames, Mt. Vernon, Iowa City West and Johnston.