April 4, 2011
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Krista Hildebrand

WHAT: Hundreds of students will be gathering in Vancouver, Washington, this month to compete in the 
Washington State Science Olympiad. The top five to 10 teams from four regional tournaments 
will be represented at the state tournament, and the top team from each division at the state 
tournament will go on to compete in the national tournament at the University of Wisconsin in 
Madison on May 20 to 21 of this year. Competing activities fall into five categories: Life, 
Personal & Social Science; Earth & Space Science; Physical Science & Chemistry; Technology 
& Engineering; and Inquiry & Nature of Science.
Scheduled competition activities open to spectators include:
Battery Buggy: building and testing electric vehicles for stopping accuracy.
Bottle Rocket: launching previously built rockets for longest air time.
Storm the Castle: testing launch effectiveness of previously built catapults.
Towers: designing and building the most efficient tower.
Car of Tomorrow: constructing battery powered vehicles with propellers to move them 
down a magnetic track.
Helicopters: achieving maximum flight times of previously built rubber powered 
Mission Possible: demonstrating the success of a Rube Goldberg-like device.
Mousetrap Vehicle: racing vehicles powered by mousetraps.
The annual Washington State Olympiad will be hosted by Clark College, which supports this 
organization through its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Unit. 
Local industries and around 200 volunteers will support the event.
Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of 
science education through student competition in science tournaments. Now in its 25th year, the 
Washington State Science Olympiad has continued to support science education for students to 
participate in activities that include building and testing scientific creations.
WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2011. Events begin at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Clark College Main Campus
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
Campus parking is free. An event schedule with specific room locations can be found here.
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