Anna Imsande (left) and Anna Dye, seventh-graders from Menomonie, explore the UWM greenhouse during a tour. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Sara Sloan, a raptor educator for the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, shows off Valkyrie, a female bald eagle, during the opening ceremony. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)
Campbellsport and Marshall Middle School students mix up their silly putty creation in the Ooey Gooey Side of Chemistry workshop. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)
Swaroop Kumar Behera, UWM doctoral student, and undergraduate Kyle Brown talk with high school and middle school students during the Metal Casting in the UWM Foundry demonstration. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)
Graham Stearns, an eighth-grader at Shorewood Intermediate School, is interested in science, especially physics. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Tikiri Bandaraa (left) and Lucy Tian, seniors at Platteville High School, compete in an anatomy and physiology testing event. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Cadi Zhang, a freshman at Sheboygan North High School, adjusts her mousetrap-powered vehicle for the Mousetrap Vehicle event. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
UWM students volunteered to help out at the events. Pictured here are Zach Uttke, Samantha Schwartz, Yer Chao, Guillermo Guerrero, Tessa Rogahn and Olivia Ryan. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
Seniors from Madison West, Jessica Fernandez (front) and Ian Shi, test the durability of the tower they built. (UWM Photo/Alexis Amenson)
More than 1,500 middle and high school students from across the state gathered at UWM April 6 and 7 for the Wisconsin State Olympiad.
Students at the Olympiad visited labs, the Manfred Olson Planetarium, a greenhouse and other scientific facilities on campus, talked to university students about topics such as composite materials, and did some hands-on experimentation.
They also competed in a variety of events in areas such as sustainable energy, forensics, optics and potions and poisons.