MCC-Penn Valley and local science experts hosted the 31st Annual Missouri Region Three Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 21, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nearly 800 students from 16 public and private schools participated. The schools include; Barry School, Engaged in Life Academy, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Lathrop, Lincoln College Prep, Notre Dame De Sion, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, Oak Park, Pembroke Hill , Platte City, Platte County, Plattsburg, Richmond Middle, Staley, St. Paul Episcopal, University Academy and Winnetonka.
Science competitions included categories such as Air Trajectory, Wheeled Vehicle, Crime Busters, Meteorology and Bungee Drop. The goals of the Science Olympiad are to translate the excitement of direct exploration to a life-long love of science, to encourage teamwork and promote problem solving.
“In our community, there is a need for more skilled employees in science and technology fields and this experience is a gateway to those specific careers. I believe this provides students with real world applications and engages young minds” said Terry Davin, MCC-Penn Valley Biology Instructor and Science Olympiad Region Three co-director.
The competition was fierce, but everyone had a great day!