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Little Rock students compete for Science Olympiads

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock Students are heading to compete in the National Science Olympiads, but before they loaded up THV 11's Lauren Scott caught up with the group at UALR.

Science Olympiad is a lot like a science fair but with a twist. The students will compete in 23 events. The two schools will be representing our state, Little Rock Central High and Lisa Academy.

"It's billed as the most exciting middle school and high school competition," says Eric Kaufmann. Kaufmann is a professor at UALR working with students competing in Science Olympiads. He says, "Here in the science Olympiad you do your work before hand but when you go to each event you are actually doing science at that time."

These two groups from Little Rock Central and Lisa Academy already won district, now they are competing for the national title. Kaufmann says, "I am doing circuit lab, robot arm and boom a lever and all three include partners."

Rajul Manohoran is a team leader for Little Rock Central High School. The ninth grader geared up for the competition by testing the efficiency of his work. Also putting the finishing touches on his work is eighth grader Jesse Morrison. The goal of his mousetrap vehicle is to travel distance in the quickest time.

Both students work with a team of 15 from their school. Kaufmann says, "You get to actually see the excitement students have for discovery."

Kaufmann says the students not only enjoy themselves, they are working toward their future. He says, "This is a very significant honor it's not simply an honor, it's something they can put on their resume."

Senator Mark Pryor wrote a letter to both teams congratulating them on winning district and making it to nationals. The events they are competing in cover earth science, physics and chemistry.