[Results of Science Olympiad, held on Feb. 23, are posted on the Science Olympiad web page.]

SOCORRO, N.M., Feb. 6, 2008 – High school science “intelletes” from around New Mexico competed in the 22nd annual New Mexico Science Olympiad on Saturday, February 23, on the New Mexico Tech campus.

Top-placing teams won rights to represent New Mexico later this year at the 2008 National Science Olympiad on May 30-31, at The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

More than 800 student “intelletes” representing 25 middle schools and 25 high schools from throughout New Mexico gathered on the university campus in Socorro to compete in 45 spirited mental workouts, all of which required massive amounts of brain power, motor skills, teamwork, and imagination (not to mention months of planning, practice, and fine-tuning).

During the daylong event, teams of Science Olympians propelled mouse-trap-powered vehicles, built Rube Goldberg contraptions, and constructed efficient boomilevers, bridges, and robots in a quest for Olympic-style medals and the chance to represent New Mexico at the national competition.