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March 11, 2010
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon Hosts Science Olympiad State Finals

Montgomery, Ala.—Could you design and build a bridge, an electric-powered vehicle, or a propeller-enabled aerodynamic device given a few materials and several teammates to help you? That’s what 14 teams of middle- and junior-high students will be doing on Saturday, March 13, when Huntingdon College hosts the Alabama Science Olympiad Class B (junior high/middle school) finals on campus. The Opening Ceremony for the event will be held in Huntingdon’s Catherine Dixon Roland Arena at Roland Student Center, 7:45 a.m. Closing ceremonies with award presentations will begin at 4:45 p.m. in the same location. The winning team will advance to national competition in the coming weeks.

The participants will compete in up to 21 events, such as “Wright Stuff,” a walk-in event from 9:40 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in James W. Wilson Jr. Gymnasium (Cloverdale Campus) that calls for teams to design and build propeller-enabled aerodynamic devices for the greatest time aloft; “Junkyard Challenge,” where students who have partially pre-constructed devices complete the construction at 12:30 p.m. on site and test their vehicles, which have been constructed to accomplish a published task, from 1:00 to 3:50 p.m. in Russell Dining Hall; “Elevated Bridge,” where students design, build, and test the lightest bridge to carry a maximum load, 9:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Wilson Center, Room 212; and “Battery Buggy,” which calls for teams to construct vehicles that use electrical energy as their sole means of propulsion, quickly travel a specified distance, and stop as close as possible to the center of the finish line, 1:00 to 3:50 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. A complete list of events and an event schedule can be found on the College’s Science Olympiad Web site at http://so.huntingdon.edu. See “Tentative Schedule” and “Event Descriptions” among the sub-links.

Participating school teams, who have already competed and won in regional competitions, include Auburn Junior High School (2 teams), Beverlye Magnet School (Dothan), Brewton Middle School (2 teams), Carver Magnet School (Dothan), Drake Middle School (Auburn), Florence Middle School, Holy Family School (Huntsville), Our Lady of the Valley School (2 teams, Birmingham), Prattville Junior High School, Randolph School (Huntsville), and W.S. Neal School (East Brewton). The teams spend months—and sometimes years—studying, practicing, and preparing for the competition.

For more information: The event is coordinated by Dr. Sid Stubbs, (334) 833-4440. Call Su Ofe at the numbers below if further contact information for Dr. Stubbs is needed.

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Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing
1500 East Fairview Avenue • Montgomery, Alabama 36106
Office: (334) 833-4515 • Cell: (334) 324-6591

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Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591


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