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Area Students Compete at Adirondack Regional Science Olympiad Hosted by Clarkson University

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The day long competition consisted of 14 thought-stimulating team events which focused on testing the students knowledge of scientific disciplines including chemistry, biology, math, earth science, astronomy, and physics. Challenges included design-and-build events in which students constructed devices, such as a precision catapult, a robot with the ability to perform several tasks, and a tower capable of supporting a heavy load, that demonstrated their ability to apply their scientific and mathematics know-how. Science Olympiad 2006

"The students involved in the competition were very excited and extremely knowledgeable," says Clarkson University Professor of Physics Michael Ramsdell. "This is a great opportunity for high school students with an interest in math and science to explore and be recognized among the scientific community for their achievements."

The event was attended by four area schools, three of which continued on to the New York State Science Olympiad which was held at the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point on March 10-11.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Hovendon control the robot they built as part of one of the many events that students competed in at the Adirondack Regional Science Olympiad hosted by Clarkson University. The event attracted over 70 students from areas school who challenged their skills in math and science as part of the National Science Olympiad Competition, a program that fosters scientific, mathematical and technological growth in high school students across the United States.

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