Students to showcase STEM skills at the Science Olympiad

Now in its ninth year, the Maui Regional Science Olympiad Tournament will be held on Feb. 2 at University of Hawaii Maui College. Aimed at bringing science to life and developing teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students, about 150 next generation young scientists from middle and high schools on Maui will participate and show their STEM skills.

The tournament consists of two divisions: Division B for middle schools and Division C for high schools.

This year, students will be competing in 10 science and engineering events for each division with two new events included: Codebusters and Water Quality.

The Boomilever, which will be the only event open to the public, is a device built to hold a specified weight at a given distance from a vertical surface.

The participating schools are: Carden Academy, Hawaii Technology Academy-Maui, Baldwin High School, King Kekaulike High School, Lahaina Intermediate School, Lahainaluna High School, Maui Preparatory Academy, Seabury Hall and St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School.

Event competition starts at 8:30 a.m. The winners in each event will be awarded during its closing ceremony at 2 p.m. The top four winners in each middle and high school division will advance to the state finals on April 6 to be held at Pearl City High School on Oahu.

For further information, contact co-directors CJ Ancheta or Sean Calder at hssomauiregionaldirector @gmail.com.