It was a day filled with intense competition, hard work, and fun for 250 students who took part in the Southern Tier Science Olympiad.
Teams representing 11 schools from our area competed at Binghamton University.
Action News Reporter Landon Sears tells us how Science Olympiad is a competitive alternative to the usual interscholastic sports.
The Science Olympiad at Binghamton University was a lot like the summer olympics...with the thrill of victory...and in this case...the egg-o-naut agony of defeat.
"We got the rocket in the air fine, but the parachute didn't detach," said Taymoor Rehman of Vestal.
But it was still a day to remember for 250 students competing in over 20 events.
"It's not something you would normally get a chance to do. We definitely wouldn't be building rockets anytime in school," said Rehman
Or working as detectives in a forensics lab to produce and solve chemical reactions.
"These kids have been working for probably hundreds of hours cumulatively over the last several months, trying to put together solutions to problems, or to prepare for unknown problems that they were going to face," said Wayne Jones, Public Relations Coordinator for the Science Olympiad.
"The electric car race is one of the most popular events at the Science Olympiad. Students build cars powered by electricity. The point of the race--keep the car straight," said Action News reporter Landon Sears.
Winning teams will move on to the state competition at West point in March.
"In a sense, it's kind of like wrestling in scoring, because you're only one part of the team but you're scored as a team," said Steve Tabensky of Union-Endicott High-School.
The Union Endicott High School team has qualified for states for the past 9 years.
They know what it takes to go far in the Olympiad.
"Whether your putting your body on the line or your brain on the line. The Science Olympiad really tests these students' brains, their creativity, and their ability to work together."
Win or lose, the scientific skills the students learn help prepare them for a future in science...or even just sorting through a pile of junk!
In addition to the 250 students who competed, there were about 70 volunteers who helped make the event possible.