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VCSU hosted regional science olympiad on March 28

Apr 3, 2024

Valley City State University hosted the Valley City Regional Science Olympiad for teams of high school and middle school students on Thursday, March 28. Approximately 350 students composed of 23 different teams from 13 different schools competed.

science olympiad participantsStudents participated in a variety of events, such as Robot Tour, Optics, Experimental Design, Can’t Judge a Powder and more.

Teather Sundstrom, Ph.D., VCSU professor of chemistry and VCSU Regional Director for Science Olympiad, said, “It was an eventful and rewarding day seeing the local kids compete in STEM related activities. This Olympiad wouldn’t be possible without all the help from VCSU faculty and staff as well as several engineers from the area.”

The students competed throughout campus in Rhoades Science Center, Graichen Gym, Vangstad Auditorium and the Valley City Rec Center. The event ended with an awards ceremony in Vangstad Auditorium.

“The top 5 teams from the competition will move on to the state competition at NDSU on April 20,” said Sundstrom.

Division B teams, made up of middle school students, moving on to state include Ben Franklin, Central Cass, Kulm, Northern Cass and Dakota Prairie. Division C teams, made up of high school students, include Fargo Davies, Red River, Central Cass, Northern Cass and Fargo North.