TURLOCK -- Building a better mouse trap, literally, is job one for student scientists competing Saturday in the Science Olympiad at California State University, Stanislaus.
More than 550 students will participate in the daylong event, which includes a test of mouse-trap-powered vehicles and aerodynamically propelled helicopters, all designed and built by students.
This year's Science Olympiad is sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, US Bank, California State University, Stanislaus, and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County. More than 150 volunteers will judge or assist with the competition.
"This is a wonderful event for our junior and high school students in the area and I am looking forward to welcoming our future scientists to our beautiful campus," said Reza Kamali, dean of the CSU Stanislaus College of Science.
The Regional Science Olympiad consists of individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology.
The top four teams in each division advance to the Northern California Science Olympiad State Finals. This year's state Science Olympiad will be hosted by the Tulare Region and is scheduled for April 13 in Tulare.
The Stanislaus County Regional Science Olympiad begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at California State University, Stanislaus, 1 University Circle, Turlock. The High School Awards Ceremony will be at 2 p.m. and the Junior High Awards Ceremony will be at 4 p.m. inside the gym. Admission and parking are free.