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Students show off their skills at the elementary Science Olympiad

Students build a paddle boat from ice cream sticks and rubber bands.

Alpena, Mich —  Elementary school students gathered over the weekend to show off their skills in the local Science Olympiad. Students competed in a number of events in hopes of bringing home the win for their school.

Regional Co-Director, Deb Hautau, explained some of the activities the students would engage in throughout the day.

“We have 16 events. They range form building events such as paddle boat and can racing, to science events – like there’s a crime buster, there’s an anatomy event, there’s some nature ones, some physics ones, mapping, weather.”

Some competitors took the time to explain their interest in science and their design process for one of the building events.

Levi Vought said, “We built a paddle boat and ran it through the water.”

His teammate, Easton Hunt, explained how they constructed the boat.

“Well [the instructions] said any glue, any wood, so we just used Popsicle sticks and glue to put it together.”

At the end of the day, All Saints Elementary took home the first place prize, Wilson came in second and Hillman Elementary took third.

If your child would like to get involved, they can start by expressing interest to their school, or contact Deb Hautau, at