Students match wits at Ohio college

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Science whiz kids from around the country and as far away as Japan are going brain-to-brain this weekend at Wright State University near Dayton.

There are 120 middle school and high school teams competing in the 29th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament. They advanced from state-level competitions in hands-on and lab events covering science and technology fields from astronomy to robotics.

Wright State will offer scholarships to first-place winners.

A champion Japanese high school team will take part as guests in some events as a reward for its success in Japanese competition.

The Science Olympiad is dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education.

Competition and other events run through Saturday night.

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