Students show off STEM skills at Pennsylvania Science Olympiad

Mike Dougherty
May 10, 2018 - 4:06 pm
Students participate in the Pennsylvania Science Olympiad.

Mike Dougherty | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Participation trophies are a thing of the past at the Pennsylvania Science Olympiad. Third- through sixth-grade students competed in 16 events with prizes for first and second place.

Students Alyssa and Hope built a tower out of paper, tape and straws, which had to hold a tennis ball about 2 feet off the ground for 10 seconds.

"It did go, it was working," said Alyssa. "Tried to use the straws but it wasn't working out for us because the straws that we used kept on breaking." 

"We had 100 centimeters with the tape, so we used it in tiny pieces to work it together," added Hope.

This event is all about trial and error.

"So then we bring it down back to here and it worked," Alyssa said.

Scott Leggett, who coordinated the event, said the kids make it memorable.

"They are just fun and wide-eyed and eager and anxious to try stuff in science," he said.