South Dakota Science Students Coming to Campus

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will host the 32nd annual Science Olympiad State Tournament on Saturday that will bring more than 175 middle school and high school students from 15 schools throughout the state to campus for “the Olympics for science-based events.”

Teams will be tested on all things science -- from biology and chemistry to computer science and engineering -- with an emphasis on learning, participation, interaction, team spirit and having fun.

“USD has the opportunity to host some of the best and brightest science students from the state of South Dakota,” said Clark Bennett, state director of the South Dakota Science Olympiad. “I hope that students have fun and find a greater love for the sciences.”

Teams are divided into two divisions (junior/middle school and high school) and each team will compete in 23 events that range from paper-and-pencil tests to outdoor events. The competitions include building airplanes and gliders to fly for as long as possible; constructing bridges with the lightest material that can hold the most weight; and building vehicles to travel a certain distance and then stop. Participants can also take advantage of their time on campus with open house activities during the day, including a presentation by the USD Physics Club.

Schools scheduled to participate: Brookings High School, Dakota Valley Middle School and High School (North Sioux City), Edison Middle School (Sioux Falls), Elk Point-Jefferson Middle School, Little Wound High School (Kyle), Madison High School, Mickelson Middle School (Brookings), Sacred Heart Middle School (Yankton), Spearfish High School, Tea Area High School, Todd County High School (Mission), Vermillion Middle School and Yankton Middle School and High School. For more information, visit the South Dakota Science Olympiad.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News