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Hundreds compete in Iowa Science Olympiad this weekend

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More than 400 middle and high school students from 27 schools across Iowa participated in the 2014 Science Olympiad competition at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

In the all-day event, they were able to participate in 23 features of science including the helicopter competition along with robotics, engineering, and chemistry.

The students who were in the competitions say it was not easy.

“We've put in a lot of work,” said Noelle Ossenkop, a Mt. Vernon Middle School participant. “We've had to build like ten helicopters maybe because they break and so we have to take them home a lot, and we have to spend a lot of time flying them.”

She says she and teammate Christian Tanberg have been preparing for their helicopter competition since last October.

Noelle and Christian's helicopter stayed in the air for nearly 90 seconds.

“The longer the rubber band the more turns you can put on it,” said Tanberg. “We put about 100 turns on it and usually that gets it up to the ceiling, usually 80 would do it too.”

If Noelle and Christian win the competition, they will go to Florida to compete nationally in May.

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