BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — For this competition, teams had to figure out the best way to turn straws into towers and macaroni into cars, how to make marbles float and turn triangles into designs.
It was Davis School District’s annual Science and Math Olympiad, and teams from every elementary school in the district converged on Davis High to use their brain power to bring home a victory.
One challenge required teams of two to make towers with 50 straws and five feet of tape. Another challenge involved building cars from macaroni, with Life Savers for wheels. In another, marbles were placed on tin-foil barges. The most marbles and the closest guess at the number earned points.
Fourth, fifth and sixth graders had to qualify in their individual schools to attend the competition.
About 1,000 students, up to 12 from each grade at each school, attended two sessions to compete, many with parents along to cheer.
“We want kids to get excited about math and science,” said Rita Stevenson, elementary science supervisor for the district. “More than that, we want them to see a practical application for it Р that it has a real-world application.”
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the four subjects that make up STEM, all came into play at the Olympiad, said Stevenson.
New challenges are introduced each year so that in most instances, students can’t prepare in advance, but have to think on their feet.
There are many competitions in athletics, she said, and kids involved in sports get a lot of accolades.
“We want kids to realize there are other ways they can compete and excel,” she said. “We’re making a difference Р they walk away really excited.”