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Welcome to NSO 2011: New Horizons of Discovery

On May 18-21, 2011, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will proudly host the 27th annual National Science Olympiad Tournament. More than 7,000 students, educators, parents and volunteers are expected to attend from across the country...
Van Valaskey and Gary Graper
Co-tournament Directors
Takeoff! Students let loose their airplane in the Wright Stuff event at the 2010 Wisconsin State Science Olympiad Tournament hosted at UW-Madison.

Genetically Superior Crops

University of Wisconsin geneticist R.A. Brink brought hybrid corn to Wisconsin, releasing the first ...

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Students watch their water-powered rocket reach new heights during the 2010 Wisconsin State Science Olympiad Tournament hosted at UW-Madison.
Students present their entry to the Mousetrap Vehicle event at the 2010 Wisconsin State Science Olympiad Tournament hosted at UW-Madison.

Genetically Superior Crops

University of Wisconsin geneticist R.A. Brink brought hybrid corn to Wisconsin, releasing the first hybrid for production in 1933. Eight years later ninety percent of Wisconsin corn was hybrid. Soon the yield per acre was tripled. Brink also developed a strain of alfalfa that could survive freezing weather. This strain, Vernal, soon became the leading variety in the nation. Throughout his career, Brink remained involved in basic research. His best-known efforts focused on transposable genetic elements, bits of DNA that move from one chromosomal site to another and add to genetic diversity.

Announcements

June 16, 2011 - Awards Photos Posted
The awards photos have been posted. Browse through the photos more...
May 24, 2011 - Opening and Awards Ceremonies
Archived videos are now available for both the Opening Ceremony and more...

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Tournament Updates

Update for Flying Bird
All teams planning to participate with the "flying bird" event should report half way through the co more...
Update for Battery Buggy

As we will be in a gymnasium like setting, there will be no established lane width. There will b more...

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