Minnesota and Wisconsin high schools compete in Science Olympiad hosted by UW-River Falls
February 7, 2014
Approximately 800 students from 26 Minnesota and Wisconsin high schools competed in the third annual Science Olympiad Border Battle held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Jan. 25.
The event, organized by UWRF Physics Professor Earl Blodgett, featured 48 high school teams competing in 23 National Science Olympiad events as well as five trial events specific to Wisconsin and one trial event specific to Minnesota.
Medals were awarded to the top four finishers in both divisions in all 29 events in the tournament. In addition, team trophies were awarded to the top four teams in each division.
Visit www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/olympiad/Awards.cfm for a complete list of all awards and additional information about the tournament.
The Mounds View High School Goats Team finished first overall in the tournament and first in their division. The Wayzata High School A Team finished second overall and second in their division. The Menomonie High School Maroon Team finished third overall and third in their division. The Boyceville High School Purple Team finished fourth overall and first in their division. Boyceville High School was also presented the Spirit Award for the enthusiasm and sportsmanship exhibited by members of all three Boyceville teams. The Eastview High School A Team finished fifth overall and fourth in their division. The Medford High School Red Team placed second in their division and 7th overall. The New Richmond High School Black Team placed third in their division and 13th overall. The Shell Lake High School Gold Team placed fourth in their division and 16th overall.
In its 31st year, the Science Olympiad has become the largest team science and technology competition in North America and has been recognized as a model program in the National Science Standards by the National Research Council. Unlike many other physics, biology or chemistry competitions, Science Olympiad mixes the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology together in one competition. For more information about Science Olympiad, visit www.soinc.org or www.wisconsinso.org.