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On March 28, Valley City Regional Science Olympiad was held at Valley City State University (VCSU) for high school and middle school students. Approximately 350 students from 23 different teams representing 13 schools participated in the event, showcasing STEM-related activities that challenged their knowledge and skills.

The competition took place across various venues on the VCSU campus, including Rhoades Science Center, Graichen Gym, Vangstad Auditorium, and the Valley City Rec Center. Students engaged in a wide range of events such as Robot Tour, Optics, Experimental Design, Can’t Judge a Powder and more.

Dr. Teather Sundstrom, a professor of chemistry at VCSU and the Regional Director for Science Olympiad expressed her excitement about seeing local students competing in the event. She credited the success of the Olympiad to the support of VCSU faculty and staff as well as engineers from the area who lent their expertise.

The day culminated in an awards ceremony held at Vangstad Auditorium where the top 5 teams were announced. The Ben Franklin, Central Cass, Kulm Northern Cass and Dakota Prairie teams qualified to move on to the state competition at NDSU on April 20 for Division B (middle school students), while Fargo Davies Red River Central Cass Northern Cass and Fargo North teams qualified for Division C (high school students).

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