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It was an all-day event at Dickinson State, with students competing in different events that require critical thinking and problem-solving.

It looks like a complicated contraption but its job is just to turn on a light.

"This one is Mission Possible, where you try to design a Rube Goldberg machine to do something extremely simple, in this case turn on a light bulb, in a long amount of time and do as many tasks as possible," says Dickinson High School student Devin Steiner.

Mission Possible is one of many events at the regional Science Olympiad competition aimed to help students with STEM learning. That stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

"Extracurricular engineering activities, any of those STEM, key STEM activities, are really important for kids because that's where jobs are going to be," says Belfield teacher Tabitha Berglund. "When they're ready for graduation, ready to go on to college, they need to have those critical thinking and problem solving skills to succeed after high school."

The regional tournament drew 350 students from nine cities.

And it's something they put a lot of work into outside of classes.

"They have been doing everything under the sun the last few weeks. A lot of early mornings and late nights spent at the school preparing their projects," says Berglund. 

Many students say it's a lot of fun.

"I've always enjoyed science, and I think it helps me further myself in school and academics," says Steiner.

But it also helps them prepare for the future.

Ryan: "Things like this, it helps them get into science so that they're able to understand what is going on in the world," says  Ryan Engle a Dickinson State University education major. "And then when they get to college, they can decide maybe that's something they want to do."

Teams that earned high scores will head to Fargo for the state competition in April.

This year marked the 20th annual regional Science Olympiad competition at Dickinson State.

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