Close to 1,000 students to compete at Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad at UNCW is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties will compete in the annual Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Sixty-one middle and high school teams will compete in 46 activities that will test their skills and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Olympiad will be hosted by the UNC Wilmington Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM).

“Students don’t just memorize content knowledge,” said Dennis Kubasko, regional co-director of the Wilmington Olympiad and Director of UNCW’s CESTEM. “They participate in events that are meant to challenge their ability to solve problems and come up with answers to science-related challenges. Some students prepare all year for their events and the atmosphere is electrifying. It is amazing to see our future generation of students excited about learning, engaged in science and collaborating together as a team.”

UNCW faculty and students along with community volunteers have designed events that will produce scores that will determine first, second, third, fourth and fifth place medal winners, with trophies from state and national organizations going to the top finishers in each division. Top finishers will qualify to compete at the state tournament in Raleigh at N.C. State University on April 25-26. The top teams at the state tournament will represent North Carolina at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in May.

North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization that aims to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in N.C. Each year, more than eight thousand students representing four hundred and fifty K-12 schools from sixty North Carolina counties participate in NCSO activities on university, community college and public school campuses across the state.

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