Junior high school students are putting on their lab coats to see who will reign supreme at the Kwantlen Science Challenge, an annual day-long science competition hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond.
Students will compete in teams of five against other schools from across Metro Vancouver. The competition will have 25 teams total, all tasked with completing five one-hour long activities challenging them in geology, physics, engineering design, mathematics and scientific Jeopardy.
Every activity will be scored based on a team’s ability to reach successful conclusions through the correct use of scientific concepts, data, calculations, experimentation and measurement skills.
The competition is designed to test junior students while providing them with an entertaining and educational science experience.
“It’s also an opportunity for the students to explore KPU’s facilities and get a taste of the university’s programs,” said Don Mathewson, KPU physics instructor and event organizer, in a media release from KPU.
Seeing the innovations these young people can create together is inspiring, Mathewson added.
The Kwantlen Science Challenge started in 2005, with the goal of bringing high school students together through collaboration in areas of science.
The competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at KPU Richmond.