About 250 elementary students participated in the 2017 Delaware Science Olympiad Elementary State Tournament held at Wilmington University
On, Saturday, May 6, Wilmington University College of Arts and Sciences hosted the 2017 Delaware Science Olympiad Elementary State Tournament in the Doberstein Admissions Center (DAC) auditorium and Pratt Student Center on the New Castle campus.
Twenty-one schools participated in 10 events, which included applied learning in the fields of anatomy, astronomy, and more. Some of the events included the straw egg drop, can race, and pasta bridge.
After the competitions, WilmU hosted an awards ceremony honoring winners of the competition. The ceremony was streamed from the auditorium to the student center to accommodate parents and guests. The winner of the event was Cooke Elementary School of the Red Clay School District, followed by Heritage Elementary in second place, and HB DuPont in third.
The purpose of the Delaware Science Olympiad is to improve awareness of STEM among the student population, regardless of students’ future profession, as one can find STEM in practically any field.
This year’s Olympiad was a great success with a high turnout as approximately 500 students and observers were present. The students spent their day immersed in science, and sharing their innovative science projects with other students, and judges in this fun, yet competitive event.
University science chair Dr. Milton Muldrow worked with the external Elementary Science Olympiad organizers and Student Affairs to organize the event and provide more than 300 lunches for the students.