Science Olympiad attends Northland Invitational

Junior Tyler Hinnen test runs his gravity vehicle during a Science Olympiad meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8. “You have a car powered entirely by gravity,” Hinnen said. “It is supposed to go a preset distance that [the judges] tell you, which is somewhere between five to ten meters.” Hinnen says that the vehicle runs fairly well.

By Baylee Owen

Junior Tyler Hinnen test runs his gravity vehicle during a Science Olympiad meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8. “You have a car powered entirely by gravity,” Hinnen said. “It is supposed to go a preset distance that [the judges] tell you, which is somewhere between five to ten meters.” Hinnen says that the vehicle runs fairly well.

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The Science Olympiad team attended the Northland Invitational at Staley High School on Saturday, Feb. 2, but did not place in the top five.

The team received fourth place medals in the circuit lab and rocks and minerals events. It earned fifth place medals in disease detectives and Fermi questions.

Junior Tyler Hinnen was disappointed with the results.

“[Our result] wasn’t as good as it should have been, specifically for robot arm,” Hinnen said. “We didn’t practice much the week before and didn’t operate it properly.”

Science Olympiad sponsor Jennifer Aytes said that after this tournament, the team’s main goal is to focus on future competitions.

“Although I would have liked to see us place higher at the invitational, I hope the team will stay focused for regionals in three weeks,” Aytes said.

Here is a list of all the winners:

Circuit lab, fourth place, senior Daniel Franken and junior Tyler Hinnen

Rocks and minerals, fourth place, sophomores Kyal Long and Olivia Hafer

Disease detectives, fifth place, senior Cole Clay and junior Alyssa Hobson

Fermi questions, fifth place, seniors Chris Gillespie and Daniel Franken

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