It seems a Mission Impossible to challenge high school students to build a Rube Goldberg-like device to carry out 10 actions in sequence including flipping a coin, inflating a balloon, and floating a golf ball. As students from across Maine will demonstrate on Saturday, March 30 on the campus of USM Gorham it’s challenging but not impossible.
Five middle school and 17 high school teams have been preparing for months to show off their aptitude in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The winning high school team earns the chance to compete at the National Science Olympiad in May on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Science Olympiad is a national nonprofit organization that promotes teamwork and aptitude in STEM. The Maine Science Olympiad tournament is a daylong competition for teams consisting of 15 members who work together in groups of 2 and 3 to solve problems in more than 20 events ranging from Disease Detectives and Water Quality to Battery Buggy and Code Busters.
Middle schools participating are Mount Merici (Waterville), Waynflete (Portland), Troy Howard (Belfast), Medomak (Waldoboro), and Falmouth. High school teams are: Waynflete, Belfast, Medomak, Falmouth, Baxter Academy (Portland), Thornton Academy (Saco), Gould Academy (Bethel), Massabesic (Waterboro), Windham, Hebron Academy (Hebron), Lincoln Academy (Newcastle), and Lisbon.
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