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Wingers' Science Olympiad team heads to state

Ten students from Red Wing High School will travel to St. Paul Saturday to compete in the state Science Olympiad competition.

The group has been preparing for the competition since late winter, adviser Jim Leise said. They earned a place at the state competition when they placed eighth at the regional competition Feb. 2 in Rochester.

"It's good for them to see practical applications of some of the stuff they've learned (in class)," Leise said of the competition.

At the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, each student will compete individually in different events, which include: remote sensing, astronomy, thermodynamics, chemistry lab, technical problem solving and anatomy and physiology.

Leise said some of the other schools' teams have been preparing for the competition since last summer - much longer than Red Wing's team has.

"We just told the kids to focus on particular events and do well on those events," Leise said.

He added that above all else, he hopes competing at the state Science Olympiad will be a learning experience for his students.

"They will see that there's other bright kids that get a kick out of doing some of this stuff," he said. "It is nerdy, but it makes nerdy seem good."