UNCW hosted the North Carolina Science Olympiad with nearly 1,000 middle schools and high schools from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties competed in activities at Trask Coliseum.
These schools were divided into 64 teams involved in 46 activities testing their skills and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"It's almost like a playing field for me to really build that competitiveness for science in the future that my field in the future what I want to do." said Laney senior Jourdan Bethea.
Bethea has been involved in the Olympiad since middle school and is sharing his passion with elementary school students in his free time.
“I’ve always stayed involved in science and science Olympiad it’s a great program," Bethea said. "It’s done a lot for me. It’s really shaped my view of science and where I want to go in life.”
Bottle rocket launchings, building gliders to examine a crime scene and identifying fossils were some of the many activities that were involved. Top finishers at this event will qualify to compete at the State Tournament held in Raleigh at N.C. State on April 24 and 25.
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