UNCW hosted its annual Olympiad Science Fair on Saturday. It was a chance for area middle and high school students to be creative and competitive.
Future scientists and engineers spent their day creating and developing things like catapults made from PVC pipes and cars they made from scratch.
The competition was stiff, but Clay David was happy because his catapult worked just right. “I did really good, I hit the first target and the second target,” the sixth grader said.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for Jeremy Ring and William Wagner. Their catapult threw the ball too far.
“There were a lot of variables, because we had people doing it, instead of something mechanical,” Wagner said.
“We had to think about how to keep it steady,” Ring added.
Other participants were testing out their homemade rocket. “It’s really engaging and it’s nice to see kids get respect for developing academic knowledge and skill sets.”
Volunteers from General Electric were on board to try all the inventions and give some real life advice on the world of engineering.
A total of 21 middle school and 17 high school teams from the five county area participated.
Top winners of Saturday’s Olympiad will qualify to compete in the state fair in April.