VIDEO: Your mission (should you choose to accept it)

A different type of science fair

Science Olympiad is just like it sounds like. Schools all across the country compete in a wide range of events, from basic biology and chemistry tests to more elaborate competitions that involve bridges, trebuchets, and homemade helicopters. One event that stands out is Mission Possible. It’s equal parts mad scientist and budding engineer as each team submits a Rube Goldberg machine to the judge and goes for the gold. Scienceline reporters got the inside scoop after visiting Candlewood Middle School on Long Island, New York, on March 17, 2012.

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