by Joe King
More than 500 students from 52 high schools across northern Illinois came to NIU on March 18 to compete in the state sectionals for the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge.
The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri to present a challenge to the brightest students. The students participated as teams and as individuals in the areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics.
NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology played host to the event, and Dean Promod Vohra had some words of encouragement for the competitors.
“Don’t think twice about pursuing careers in science and engineering,” Vohra urged the high school students. “As scientists and engineers you will create new wealth for the world, and it is important to the future of our company that youth like you pursue that challenge.”
Winners in the competition will compete in the state finals from April 14 to April 17 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.