Stanislaus junior high, high school students put wits to test at Regional Science Olympiad

Bee Staff ReportsMarch 4, 2014 

The Modesto High crimson team took first place, and the school’s black team took third at the Stanislaus Regional Science Olympiad last weekend. Central Catholic High School’s team took home a second-place win, and the Oakdale High gold team came in fourth.

In junior-high competition, the Hickman Charter red team took top honors, followed by the green team of Blaker-Kinser Junior High in Ceres, the black team of Ustach Middle School in north Modesto and La Loma Junior High in Modesto.

Saturday’s competition at Modesto Junior College tested high school students’ skills in areas from anatomy to water quality. Mapping, magnets and materials all posed conundrums for the kids to solve. Diseases, designer genes and the dynamic planet drew on a team’s collective knowledge. One category tested kids’ ability to cope with technical problems.

Some 15 junior high teams competed in events ranging from “Boomilever” to wheeled vehicles. The classic egg drop, where not cracking up is the goal and laughter often the result, got a rotor twist. Meteorology, the metric system and minerals all challenged students to master the moment.

Read about Modesto’s event in the blog of Modesto Junior College geology instructor Garry Hayes, at http://geotripper.blogspot.com/2014/03/action-on-our-seismometer-today.html. See individual results at www.modbee.com.

The 28th annual regional competition was coordinated by the Stanislaus County Office of Education.

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