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Raleigh schools qualify for Science Olympiad National Tournament

More than 2,300 students participated in the N.C. Science Olympiad State Tournament held April 22-23, 2016 in Raleigh.
More than 2,300 students participated in the N.C. Science Olympiad State Tournament held April 22-23, 2016 in Raleigh. Pete Huffman

Teams from three schools in Raleigh will compete at this month’s Science Olympiad National Tournament in Wisconsin.

Enloe High School had the top team in the high school division with Raleigh Charter High School coming in second at the N.C. Science Olympiad State Tournament held April 22-23 in Raleigh. A team from Carnage Middle School also qualified for the national tournament by finishing in second in the middle school division.

The national tournament is expected to attract 7,000 students from all 50 states to the University of Wisconsin-Stout on May 18-21.

North Carolina is home to the oldest science olympiad in the country.

The olympiad has 23 events that test learning and problem-solving through hands-on challenges. For instance, students build gravity-propelled “scrambler machines” carrying an egg that need to roll as close as possible to a barrier without hitting. Examples of other challenges include bridge building and firing bottle rockets.

After regional competitions, 2,300 students and teams from 50 middle schools and 47 high schools qualified for the state finals.

Organizers hope the Science Olympiad will encourage K-12 students to seek science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina.

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