30 teams to compete in regional science competition at AVC

Thirty teams of middle and high school students are expected to be at Antelope Valley College’s Lancaster campus on Saturday, March 16, for the 2013 Aerospace Valley Regional Science Olympiad.

The competition is designed to generate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through competitive activities that emphasize teamwork and excellence. Winners of regional tournaments will advance to a statewide event, with winners advancing to a national competition in May.

The Science Olympiad is a national organization that hosts competitions in all states.

An estimated 500 students are due to gather for an 8:30 a.m. opening ceremony at the Health and Sciences Building, with a series of activities beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m. Students will then have lunch followed by an awards presentation at 1:45 p.m. at Brent Carder Marauder Stadium.

Students from 21 middle schools and seven high schools will compete in such events as Crime Busters, Anatomy, Shock Value, Heredity, Food Science, Meteorology, Astronomy, Forestry and others.

Lockheed Martin engineers and scientists will have a variety of displays and activities for the general public including an Angry Birds competition, rocket building, simple tools and machines, and straw catapults. There will be booths where the public can experience remote controlled airplanes and cars. There will be food on the premises. Parking is free.

The event is funded and organized by AVC with significant funding support from Lockheed Martin Corporation. Logistical support is provided by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, along with volunteers from the college, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, NASA and the Los Angeles Sanitation District.

For more information contact Jamie Jones at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6024 or e-mail hsistemcoop@gmail.com. For detailed descriptions on events, rules, and resources, visit the national Science Olympiad website www.soinc.org.