Nearly 150 students will participate in this year’s Science Olympiad Tournament

Nearly 150 students will participate in this year’s Science Olympiad Tournament

Middle school students will be tackling science experiments and other challenges this Saturday in Yakima.

The 7th annual South Central Washington Science Olympiad Regional Tournament is being hosted by Heritage University, Pacific Northwest University of Health Science and Yakima Valley College.

There will be over 20 STEM related competitions, students will get to build rockets, conduct experiments and take tests.

The team with the highest overall score will move on to the state competition in April.

Yakima Valley College Biology instructor Matthew Loeser said the tournament started seven years ago by a student at PNWU as a way for students to enjoy science.

“We think that competing in science activities brings a bit of a sporting spirit so it encourages students to work a little bit harder and to try new things,” said Loeser.

Nearly 150 students are expected to participate in tomorrow’s tournament.

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