Fresno County science students compete in Olympiad

FresnoMarch 1, 2014 

Kastner Intermediate School eighth-graders from left, Nick Defranchi, Joshua Castle and William McBride, put their remote control robot through the paces Saturday in the Robo Cross division competing in the Secondary Regional Science Olympiad at Clovis North Educational Center.


More than 700 Fresno County student scientists displayed their expertise in earth science, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology on Saturday at the Secondary Regional Science Olympiad Competition.

The competition at the Clovis North Educational Center tested students in grades seven through 12 on their ability to be problem solvers, researchers and inventors.

The Science Olympiad is like an academic track meet, consisting of a series of team events such as Boomilever, Helicopters, Wheeled Vehicle, Robo Cross, Bungee Drop and Rotor Egg Drop.

Eighteen high school teams and 15 middle school teams competed in 23 different events, said Lisa Birrell, spokeswoman for the Fresno County Office of Education.

The eight top teams will go to the state competition in April. They are:

Division C — Clovis West A (first), University High A (second), Clovis North A (third) and University High B (fourth).

Division B — Edison Computech Middle School (first), Baird Middle School (second), Saint Helen's School (third) and Alta Sierra Intermediate School (fourth).


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