New Mexico's Top Intelletes Vie for Science Olympiad Gold

Science Olympiad competitors

A team competes in a previous Science Olympiad.

by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 14, 2007 – More than 800 student “intelletes” representing 25 middle schools and 25 high schools from throughout the state will tax their scientific knowledge — as well as their motor skills — in 45 spirited academic contests at the 21st Annual New Mexico Science Olympiad, which will be held on Saturday, February 24, on the New Mexico Tech campus.

Dreams of winning gold, silver, and bronze will be fulfilled as teams of Science Olympians propel mousetrap-powered vehicles, build Rube Goldberg contraptions, and construct efficient boomilevers, bridges, and robots in a quest for Olympic-style medals and a chance to represent their home state at the national level.

The top teams in both the middle school and high school levels, as determined by the state competition, will represent New Mexico at the 2007 National Science Olympiad, which will be held on May 18-19, at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Science Olympiad is a nationwide program that uses tournament competition as a means to challenge and motivate science students in their academic pursuits. The competition requires teamwork, cooperation, planning, and months of practice, providing students with a working knowledge of facts, concepts, and processes, as well as helping them develop thinking skills through practical applications of science and engineering.