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More than 4,000 students from 220 schools participated in the 30th L.A. County Science Olympiad held Feb. 13 at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster and Feb. 27 at Occidental College in Eagle Rock.

The top 12 teams in the middle and high school divisions advance to the state finals on April 2 at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). (See list of top teams below.)

Teams of students from grades 4 to 12 faced off in more than 60 events covering a wide variety of topics in engineering and life, physical and earth sciences.

"The events reflect the content and processes of 21st century science and engineering practices, requiring students to plan, design, test, evaluate, revise and prepare over time," said Gary Widdison, LACOE project director. "But more than anything, the Olympiad is a fun and festive celebration of science and science education."

Some events include advance construction of devices incorporating scientific knowledge and a design challenge. Others require students to come prepared to compete on-site using problem-solving skills.

"My thanks to our partners at Caltech and Lockheed Martin who make the Olympiad possible, and also to the many volunteers from higher education, business, industry and aerospace who lend a hand," Widdison said.

Learn more about the L.A. County Science Olympiad here.

2016 L.A. County Science Olympiad – Top Teams

Middle School Division

Antelope Valley College
    1. Dana (Arcadia)
    2. Jacobsen (Tehachapi)
    3. Lone Hill (Bonita)
    4. Beverly Vista (Beverly Hills)
    5. Lincoln STEAM (Lancaster)
Occidental College
    1. Muscatel (Rosemead)
    2. Mesa Robles (Hacienda La Puente)
    3. Chaparral (Walnut Valley)
    4. Hermosa Valley (Hermosa Beach)
    5. Suzanne (Walnut Valley)
    6. South Pointe (Walnut Valley)
    7. Madrona (Torrance)
  High School Division

Antelope Valley College
    1. West (Torrance)
    2. Westlake (Conejo Valley)
    3. Oak Park (Oak Park)
    4. Van Nuys (Los Angeles)
    5. Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills)
Occidental College
    1. North Hollywood (Los Angeles)
    2. Walnut (Walnut Valley)
    3. Rosemead (El Monte Union)
    4. Diamond Bar (Walnut Valley)
    5. Arcadia (Arcadia)
    6. Mark Keppel (Alhambra)
    7. Temple City (Temple City) 
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