Alaska Science Olympiad seeks teams for 2024

The campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seen from the air on Sept. 20, 2022. (Photo by James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)

Fairbanks, Alaska (UAF) – The state Science Olympiad competition will be held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for a second year on Feb. 23-24, 2024. Middle school teams from across Alaska are encouraged to participate.

Science Olympiad is a nationwide competition consisting of hands-on, team-based tournaments designed to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Teams compete first at the regional and state level, and winning teams from each state advance to compete in the Science Olympiad National Tournament.

The Alaska event is organized by the National Science Foundation’s Alaska Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the UAF College of Engineering and Mines, and the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Alaska middle schools can now preregister teams online.

The capacity for competing teams is limited.

Teams will have the option to stay overnight on the UAF campus.

In 2023, eight middle school teams and over 120 students, chaperones, volunteers, and event coordinators came to UAF from across Alaska to compete in the Alaska statewide Science Olympiad.

Students competed in 16 events, ranging from written subject tests to construction of bridges, planes, and trebuchets.

Students stayed overnight at UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ Campus dorms in Fairbanks and took part in social activities to expose them to a university campus lifestyle and the pursuit of a STEM career path.

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