Students compete in Elementary Science Olympiad in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Onslow County students put their knowledge to the test at the Elementary Science Olympiad. Excitement filled the room as students from various Onslow County elementary schools tested their homemade projects.

“My favorite part of this event was probably setting up the marshmallow because we had notes that we had to study so we would have to move it back a certain amount or push a certain part,” Alexandria Strong said.

“Constructing the catapults, because it took a lot of effort and you had to think of how you were going to construct it and fire it before you made it,” said Xavier Finch.

Alexandria Strong and Xavier Finch worked together to create their own catapult that would launch two marshmallows at the competition.  The goal was to hit as close to the circle as you can. Strong said, “The key is to make something accurate yet that it would go where we want it to go.”

Both Strong and Finch say teamwork was the easiest part. Finch’s dad says he’s extremely proud of his son.

“He loves science and it’s an opportunity for him to really experiment and stretch his imagination and discover new ways of using his brain,” Finch’s dad.

STEM education is a pivotal part of the Science Olympiad and students have been preparing for months to get ready for the competition. “It really sets the stage for these kids in STEM fields and really gives them the opportunity to get into science and have some fun.”

This is the third year Onslow County Schools hosted the event. 16 schools participated. Students say it helps them pick out their future careers.

Finch said, “I want to be an engineer and inventor.”

“I want to be a teacher and teach people what I did today,” said Strong.

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