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High school students test their skills in the Science Olympiad North Regional State Qualifying Tournament

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) – High school students in the area met on Saturday at UW-Stevens Point to test their science skills. It is part of the 39th North Regional Tournament of the Science Olympiad.

Fourteen schools competed to test their science prowess, but only five teams will advance to the state championship.

“Everyone takes it for granted that we have sporting events. We have limbs. We have the science,” said Keith Montgomery, a professor at UW-Stevens Point.

Seventeen teams met at the Chemistry Biology Building to evaluate their STEM skills.

“So the competition events are, some of them are direct tests. Some of them are puzzles, like forensics,” Montgomery said.

Students took part in three competitions that included science, problem solving and technology knowledge. Teams from schools like Marshfield and Wausau West High School showed up to show off what they’ve built.

“I like science, so I thought I could take it up again and it became my hobby,” said Brahm Bina, a student at Wausau West High School. “I’ve been working on building a robot to score in certain areas and score as many points as possible.”

The best of the best continue to compete against the state’s top finishers.

“Their tests are graded, teams are ranked and medals are awarded,” Montgomery said.

The state championship will be held at UW-Milwaukee March 31 through April 1. The winners of the state championship will advance to the national tournament in Wichita, Kansas on May 19.

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