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CLK Science Olympiads play to win. Advance to state tournament.

CLK Science Olympiads play to win. Advance to state tournament.

The Calumet High School Science Olympiad team will be representing CLK and advancing to the state tournament after medaling in 17 out of 18 events and winning the regional title. The middle school team will also be joining them to compete in their division.

Science Olympiad competitions operate like a track meet, consisting of 23 team events in each division (Division C is high school and Division B is middle school). The events rotate each year to reflect changes in STEM topics like forensics, astronomy, and engineering. Leading up to the event, students spend hours after school and on weekends preparing for the event, focusing on the testing parameters and building materials that are provided by the National Science Olympiad.

“It was very rewarding to see the students’ hard work pay off when they won the regional title,” said Coach Darrell Hendrickson. “Now, they are motivated to reach for more and improve so they can compete at the state level.”

During the forensics event at this year’s regional competition, students worked together to evaluate a mock crime scene. They collaborated to review materials at the scene, created a story line on what happened, and came to a conclusion on who was the culprit. High school students Meliina Kesti and Helen Erickson medaled in first place. Additionally, CLK medaled in 1st place in Bridge, Forensics, Gravity Vehicle, It’s About Time, Ornithology, Rocks and Minerals; 2nd pace in Astronomy, Environmental Chemistry, WI FI Lab, Wright Stuff, Write It / Do It, Chemistry Lab; 3rd place in Cell Biology, Trajectory, Dynamic Planet, Green Generation, and Ping Pong Parachute.

In addition to students learning valuable skills like critical thinking and teamwork, Science Olympiads provides students with an avenue to explore various STEM-focused topics that they can eventually pursue after graduation. Hendrickson says, “I have seen many students go on into studies and careers that were molded from many Science Olympiad events. Many of these were based on fields of science like geology, ecology, engineering, and anatomy physiology.”

The CLK Science Olympiads are currently preparing for the state tournament that will take place at Michigan State University on Saturday, April 30th.

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