Science Olympics starts tomorrow

By Geoff Lee

March 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Greatness awaits.
That’s the theme of the 2017 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists’ Science Olympics to be held at Holy Rosary High School Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.
This year’s APEGA Alberta competition will include Grade 9 students from E.S. Laird Middle School, Lloyd Bishop, College Park and host Holy Rosary.
The Science Olympics is an interactive competition that allows students to see first-hand how engineering and geoscience affects our everyday lives.
“Students are given a series of applications or problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of exploring engineering and geoscience concepts,” said local APEGA chapter rep, Anna Salim from Vegreville.
Events are team focused and follow the Saskatchewan school curriculum to complete the tasks.
“The students will be given two challenges, so they’ll have to build something,” said Salim who is an operational planning engineer for ATCO Electric.
“We are keeping it a secret until the event, so I can’t give you the specifics, but one of them is on electromagnetism.”
She said electromagnetism was chosen for one of the activities because it ties right into what the students are learning this year.
Teams consist of two to five students and one coach who may be a teacher, designated alternate, or parent. 
“The objective is to create awareness of science and engineering and make students aware of how they can apply the scientific concepts that they apply in school,” said Salim.
“We’ll have judges going around to grade the students’ final product in terms of how they did.”
The judging of events has shifted from teams competing against each other to trying to reach a score within a set range.
APEGA said this may result in multiple teams receiving gold, silver, or bronze recognition with certificates to be awarded.
The event is supposed to be held annually, but was skipped last year in Lloydminster.

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