Preparation for our STEM EXPO is in full swing. Several of the Conceptual Physics teachers have had presentations in their classes this past week. Students presented what they have accomplished so far on their STEM EXPO projects and how they plan on improving them over the break. Additionally, this year, the Science Department is planning on competing in Science Olympiad. Teams from all over the state compete in the Science Olympiad competition, testing student’s science knowledge and engineering skills. Topics covered vary widely and include subjects like astronomy, anatomy, earth science, and chemistry. Collaborative hands-on competitions such as bridge building, robotic arm construction, and protein modeling require students to bring in pre-made objects that will help them in their competition. Other competitions like experimental design and chemistry lab have students think on their feet, creating labs and science experiments with the given materials. All of these competitions have their own rules and scoring guidelines. Mr. Nelson recently attended a day long workshop at New Mexico Tech where they discussed and answered questions regarding the various competitions. The Science Department would like to get our students ready for the regional competition in January, hopefully continuing on to the state competition in the spring.