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March 9: College hosts Science Olympiad

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 22, 2019

About 1,000 middle- and high-school science students will gather at the College of Lake County Saturday, March 9 for the Grayslake Regional Science Olympiad Competition. 

With event titles such as “Meteorology,” “Boomilever,” “Mousetrap Vehicle” and “Thermodynamics,” the events allow students to do cool science experiments and participate in heated competitions. The 2018 Science Olympiad runs from 7:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The competitions will be held at Photo of laser light demonstrationlocations throughout CLC’s Grayslake Campus.

Some of the most popular and spectator-friendly events involve robots, helicopters, electric vehicles and rollercoasters. Visitors are invited to watch these events at various locations on the Grayslake Campus.  Events will run all day, but most of these spectator events will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. CLC faculty members will be involved in the competition as event supervisors, using their expertise in areas such as lasers/photonics/optics, chemistry and physics. 

Photo: The 2019 Grayslake Regional Science Olympiad Competition will include a demonstration of laser/photonics/optics technology.

The 20 participating high schools include: Cary Grove, Warren Township, Huntley, Libertyville, Stevenson, Lake Forest, Grayslake Central and Grayslake North. The list also includes  Lake Forest Academy, New Trier (Northfield and Winnetka), Mundelein, Marian Catholic (Woodstock) and Crystal Lake Central.  Additional high schools are Vernon Hills, Highland Park and Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart. Rounding out the list are Evanston Township, Maine West (Des Plaines), Glenbrook North (Northbrook) and James Conant High (Hoffman Estates). The 12 participating middle schools include Antioch Upper Grade School, Frederick School (Grayslake), Woodland Middle School (Gurnee), Woodlawn Middle School (Long Grove) and Daniel Wright Jr. High (Lincolnshire). Other middle schools include Park Campus (Round Lake), Palombi Middle School (Lake Villa), Lake Bluff Middle School, Wilmette Junior High School, Baker Demonstration School (Wilmette) and Pope John XXIII School (Evanston).

The top five middle school teams and the top seven high school teams advance to the state competition on April 13 at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. For information on the competition, visit event’s regional director is Ursula Ahern, a Grayslake-based energy consultant.

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