The Valley City Regional Science Olympiad for middle and high school students was recently hosted by Valley City State University. Approximately 350 students from 23 different teams from 13 schools attended the event, which took place on Thursday, March 28.

The competition showcased STEM-related activities that challenged students’ knowledge and skills. Students participated in a variety of events, including robotics, optics, experimental design, and more. Dr. Teder Sundstrom, VCSU chemistry professor and regional director for Science Olympiad, expressed how rewarding it was to see local students competing in the event.

The success of the Olympiad was due to the support of VCSU faculty and staff as well as area engineers who contributed their expertise. The competition took place at various locations on the VCSU campus, including the Rhoades Science Center, Graichen Gym, Wangstad Auditorium and the Valley City Rec Center.

The day culminated with an award ceremony at Wangstad Auditorium where the top 5 teams were announced. Teams that qualified to advance to state competition at NDSU on April 20 include Ben Franklin, Central Cass, Kulm Northern Cass Dakota Prairie for Division B (high school students) and Fargo Davies Red River Central Cass Northern Cass Fargo North for Division C (high school students).

By Samantha Johnson

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