The National Science Olympiad officially kicks off Friday and will continue throughout the weekend at Augusta State University, the host of the event, and neighboring schools and churches.
Well have buses here from all over the country, said Denise Moore, technology and operations manager for the ASU Department of Continuing Education and one of the events steering committee members.
The science olympiad will have about 3,000 competitors, but will attract some 5,000 people in all when coaches and family members are counted, Ms. Moore said.
Ms. Moore said she has a few favorite events, including a couple involving 30 dozen eggs. In one, students create self-propelled vehicles to carry eggs in an effort to get the closest to a wall without breaking the egg and another event will have eggs soaring skyward on bottle rockets.
This is not your average science fair, she said.
Watch augustachronicle.com for updates, and see The Chronicle's Friday edition for more details.
IF YOU GO
A complete schedule of events is listed at www.aug.edu/nso. A glasses icon next to an event indicates that it is open to the public to observe.