Some of the best young scientists from across the state will be at Le Moyne College this weekend for the New York State Science Olympiad (NYSSO). The competition features 55 teams from schools both local and across the state.
Two teams gave a preview of some of the projects they've prepared for competition. The teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Fayetteville-Manlius both displayed their towers that they hope to be the 'most efficient' for that specific event. There are specific design regulations that come out each year and the teams not only compete for the strongest tower, but also the lightest. Another event teams compete in are the mousetrap vehicle with the goal to have the fastest device that comes closest to a specific target point.
Besides being able to view all the projects and exhibits, there's plenty for visitors to take in with a duct tape challenge, quiz bowl, parasitology, and more. State Director Jamie Cucinotta is hoping to get some scientists in at the ground floor just by coming to be a spectator at the event.
NYSSO is a non-profit organization which seeks to engage and challenge students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through various levels of team-based competitive tournaments.
The C Division State Tournament of the NYSSO takes place Friday and Saturday from 8:00pm to 2:00pm, with the awards ceremony taking place Saturday at 4:30pm. Le Moyne College is located at 1419 Salt Springs Rd, Syracuse, NY 13214. Free parking is available at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex on Springfield Rd.