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17 schools test skills at NM Science Olympiad

Creating an object to have the greatest structural integrity is the purpose of the boomilever event. Ramon Perez and Kai Gonzalez of Lovington Sixth Grade Academy, students of Shirley Boxley, say they are pleased that their design held 8,000 grams of sand. Lt. Col. John Surgett volunteers at the station. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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When budding middle school and high school scientists are running around the New Mexico Military Institute campus wearing goggles and carrying small handmade carts, planes, gliders and fulcrums, that time of year has arrived again.

The southeast regional competition of the New Mexico Science Olympiad was held at NMMI on Saturday, bringing 17 schools from Carrizozo, Cloudcroft, Hobbs, Lovington, Ruidoso and Roswell. Local schools participating included Goddard High, New Mexico Military Institute and Sidney Gutierrez Middle School.

Teams could sign up to test their skills and knowledge in many areas. Thirty-four “build,” written and demonstration events were offered, from anatomy to “Write It, Do It,” in which one team member examines an object and describes how to construct it and the other team member builds it.

The Institute has been part of the competition since 1993 and has been hosting it for the past seven to eight years, said Col. Cheryl Martinez, the regional competition coordinator.

In preparing to compete, students learn to explore various science topics and discipline, to write scientific reports and to experiment several times before reaching conclusions, Martinez said.

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“A lot of times they learn more about themselves than anything else,” she said. “For example, they might have thought that engineering was out of their reach, but find out that isn’t the case.”

Teams that place high enough in the regional competition can continue on to the state competition at New Mexico Tech on Feb. 22.

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