In that classroom waits a team of middle schoolers preparing to compete in the Maryland Science Olympiad and Lee, Li, and Wang are their mentors. Science Olympiad is the nation's largest team STEM competition for middle and high schoolers, involving roughly 7,000 teams across all 50 states. Started in 1984, the competition comprises 23 events that cover nearly every area of science—from earth science to cell biology to engineering. At the state competition, this bridge will be laden with weight until it collapses, a test of load-bearing design. Cordell is participating in the solar system event at the state competition.