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Clark College News and Events

November 5, 2009

For Immediate Release

For additional information: 

Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of
Communications and Marketing Telephone:  360-992-2921

E-mail:  bkerr@clark.edu


2009 Elementary Science Olympiad banner


On Saturday, Nov. 14, the college will welcome 300 students
from 17 regional schools to enhance knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and spark interest
in science and science-related careers


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will demonstrate its support for science and learning by hosting the 2009 Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) on Saturday, Nov. 14.  Events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon across the college’s main campus.   All events are free and open to the public.

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Maps, directions, and driving and parking information are available at www.clark.edu/maps.

The ESO is an inquiry-based, hands-on program covering science, technology, engineering and math. Through the Science Olympiad format, students are given the opportunity to participate in highly engaging activities that naturally generate interest, enthusiasm and passion for scientific exploration.

Approximately 300 students are expected to take part. Schools represented include:

  • Battle Ground School District:  CAM Junior High School, Captain Strong Primary School, Maple Grove Primary School, and Tukes Valley Primary School.

  • Camas School District: Dorothy Fox Elementary School, Grass Valley Elementary School, Helen Baller Elementary School, Lacamas Heights Elementary School, and Prune Hill Elementary School.

  • Hockinson School District: Hockinson Heights Intermediate School

  • The Gardner School (a private school in Vancouver)

  • Ridgefield School District:  Union Ridge Elementary School

  • Vancouver School District: Eisenhower Elementary School, Fruit Valley Elementary School, Minnehaha Elementary School, and Salmon Creek Elementary School.

  • Washougal School District:  Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School

Teams of students will participate in five exciting events:

  • Aerodynamics:   Each group will build a paper airplane to be flown a distance of at least five meters, landing on a predetermined target. Airplanes must be of a folded aerodynamic design. (Crumpled wads of paper do not qualify.)

  • Barge building: Each group will construct a barge using aluminum foil that can support a cargo of the largest number of objects without getting them wet.

  • Bridge building:  Using only the materials given, each group will build a bridge to span the longest distance possible and support a cup with as many small weights as possible.

  • Crime busters: Participants will use paper chromatography and print identification to solve a simple crime.

  • Gummi bear long jump:  Using a premade catapult device, students will collect data and determine the best angle of the launching arm to land a gummi bear in the center of a target.

Last year, nearly 200 elementary students from area schools participated in the Elementary Science Olympiad.  More than 40 Clark College students assisted with the event.

The Science Olympiad program:  Supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge and interest

The Science Olympiad program has proven to be an effective tool for increasing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy as well as interest in science and science-related careers.  

Since 1993, Clark College has hosted the Southwest Washington Regional Science Olympiad and/or the Washington State Science Olympiad. This has provided opportunities for middle and high school students to be engaged in science learning opportunities that are engaging, inquiry-based, hands-on, and team-oriented.


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