KC Northland teens head to MIT for science competition

January 22, 2020 - 2:22 pm
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Kansas City, MO -  A group of Kansas City high schoolers has been invited to participate in a prestigious science competition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Northland Christian School is sending a team of 13 students to the 6th annual MIT Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament, being held this weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"A lot of people don't get jazzed about science competitions, but this one will have you on your feet," said Jesse Camacho, coach of the olympiad team. 

Seniors Marina Tresenriter and London Eichelberger will compete in a forensics event, using scientific techniques to solve a crime.

"How well we're going to place, I'm not sure," said Tresenriter. "I'm really hopeful, but just being able to experience the whole event entirely is just really surreal and pretty cool."

"I'm just really excited to just have the overall experience and to remember that as part of my senior year," said teamate Eichelberger.

"When you go to a tournament like this, where there'll be hundreds of students, hundreds of competitors, that can get the blood flowing and get students excited," Camacho said. "My goal, my hope, is to get these students excited about science."

Other students will work to build the best self-propelled airplace, in a competition called the "Wright Stuff". 

"It's a rubberband-powered plane and we've actually built four of them," said Kate Day, a sophomore. "They're each unique in different ways, but all end up in the air flying."

"It took us a long time to make (the airplanes)," said Joseph Camacho, a sophomore and the coach's son. "That's probably one of our main events, so we've been working that for a while."  

Seventy teams from across the country are competing in the MIT Science Olympiad. 
 

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