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Chemistry competition encourages students to continue STEM education

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Chemistry and STEM education were the focus of an academic competition Tuesday morning.

MicroSociety Magnet School put students to the test for the You Be the Chemist Challenge.

MicroSociety students joined Wynne Intermediate students to test their chemistry knowledge in the quiz bowl style competition.

It is a statewide competition, but this is the first one of its kind in Northeast Arkansas.

Haley Jones, ACE Facilitator at MicroSociety Magnet School, said this is a way to keep students engaged.  

“We hope that they develop a love of science, so they will want to continue learning,” Jones said. “Starting this year we've done STEM in first and second grade so we hope that this will be a continuation of that.”

Thirty students competed and were asked a number of questions with 10 seconds to answer.

Questions ranged in difficulty. One question was “A satellite is returning to Earth from its orbit in space. What property of the satellite will change as it gets closer to the Earth’s surface?”

Students then chose between the multiple-choice answers on a remote. For this question, the answer choices were mass, density, weight, or volume.

Jones said the top 10 students from Tuesday’s competition qualify for state competition in April in El Dorado, AR.

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