Hundreds of young science lovers are in Greenville this weekend participating in the regional Science Olympiad competition.
Students from both middle and high schools are participating in dozens of STEM-related events with hopes of qualifying for the state competition in Raleigh.
900 students, parents and teachers were on ECU’s campus today for the interactive competition.
“So far I’ve seen nothing but smiles all day long,” said Shawn Moore, Director of Science Olympiad.
The competition encompasses biology, engineering, physics and chemistry, just to name a few.
Moore competed in the competition while he was in high school and says he hopes it sparks interest for these students to follow a career in the STEM field like it did for him. Now, he’s on the coaching side encouraging kids from the sidelines.
“I think its a great opportunity for them to use what they’ve learned in the classroom in a real tangible experience,” said Moore.
Zach hardison participated in todays competition and says it teaches more than just science skills.
“I think it teaches some kids leadership and skills they need later in life,” said Hardison.
The awards ceremony tonight will determine who moves on to the state competition.