Showing science skills

CHS students to host middle school Science Olympiad

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Science Olympiad has frequently been referred to as “a track meet for the mind.”

It involves a team of students who demonstrate their knowledge of science by working together on events ranging from biology and physics to hands-on creations. On Saturday, the Camas High School Science Olympiad team will host its annual tournament for middle schools. The students come from Washington, Oregon and California to participate in the competition.

“We invite anyone of all ages to come experience this display of intelligence and hard work,” CHS Science Olympiad team member Eugene Hsu said.

This year, eight middle school teams will participate.

These include Skyridge and Liberty from Camas; Tukes Valley and Maple Grove from Battle Ground; Jason Lee from Vancouver; Excel, a home school in Washougal; and Churchill from Sacramento.

Churchill, Excel and Franklin are state champions for their region.

When asked what the most rewarding aspect of hosting the tournament is, CHS Science Olympiad President Joanna Liao said, “Watching children be exposed to the scientific processes and also see their competitive nature while watching them enjoy science as well.”

She added that the level of competition was good practice for the teams.

“It’s particularly special this year because we have state champion teams from Oregon and California,” Liao said.

The competition will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at CHS, 26900 S.E. 15th St. There is no entry fee, and spectators may come and go as they wish.