Valparaiso Science Olympiad coach Richard Bender holds a student entry for the rotor egg drop competition Wedensday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School students Abby Mitchell, left, and Timothy Henderson review their documentation Thursday as they test their trebuchet in preparation for the Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 19.
Isaiah Smith, and eighth-grader at Valparaiso's Thomas Jefferson Middle School, aligns along a tape rule his mousetrap-powered car Thursday as he tests and documents times and distances traveled by the vehicle in the school's gym. Smith and his teammates on the Science Olympiad team were pre…
Thomas Jefferson Middle School science teacher Rich Bender will make his 23rd consecutive trip with students to the Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 19. This year's competition will be in Orlando.
Ninth-graders Jacob Mills, left, and Ankur Dhoot work Thursday on their Rube Goldberg device for the Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 19. Thomas Jefferson Middle School has competed in the nationals 23 times since 1986.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School science teacher Rich Bender watches Thursday as student Isaiah Smith positions his mousetrap-powered car for a test in the school's gym. Smith is among the 16 students on the school's Science Olympiad team.
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