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Regional Elementary Science Olympiad takes place in VC

April 26, 2012

Washington Blue team members Brandon Behm and Michael Kratz prepare for the Egg Drop event as judge Brad Guler, a Griggs County teacher looks on at the 2012 Regional Science Olympiad on Wednesday. Griggs County won first place overall with Barnes County North and Maple Valley taking second and third places.

Students from Griggs County took first place overall at the 2012 Regional Elementary Science Olympiad which took place at the Eagles Aerie in Valley City on Wednesday.

Teams from seven schools – Maple Valley, St. Catherine's, LaMoure, Barnes County North, Griggs County, and Valley City's Washington Blue and Washington Gold – participated in 19 events at the competition, with BCN taking second place and Maple Valley third.

"All the teams did quite well," said Valley City teacher Jim McDaniel. "It came right down to the final event."

The events included Estimania, where students had to guess how much or many of a smaller item would fill a larger space; Grab-O-Gram, where how much of a material would be so many grams; Barge Building with aluminum foil; Bridge Building with straws and pins; Graphing; Calculators; Password; Write It/Do It; Picture This; Structures; Paper Rockets; Aerodynamics; Sink or Float; Spell Science; Categories; the Pentathlon and the classic Egg Drop, where students are given 10 sheets of paper and 1 meter of tape to build a structure that can receive an egg dropped from the highest possible height without cracking or breaking the shell.
"It's a fun day for the kids," said BCN teacher Diane Kracht.

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