St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma will host the 2017 North Bay Science Challenge for fourth- through eighth-graders Saturday.

The Science Challenge is a fun and educational team event. It allows students to demonstrate their science knowledge, understanding and skills while competing in a variety of science-based events. Students who participate in the Science Challenge increase their science knowledge and skills. They also develop valuable skills such as teamwork, creativity, persistence, problem solving and cooperation.

Most importantly, students have fun while learning and developing those skills and knowledge. Schools that participate in the Science Challenge report that participation leads to increased interest in, and enthusiasm for, science among students, staff and parents.

This is the fifth year SVHS has hosted the Science Challenge. This year there are at least 18 schools participating.

Any school may enter a team of 12 to 17 students, with the opportunity to compete in 13 events. There are two divisions: Division I for grades 4-6 and Division II for grades 6-8. Prizes awarded for each event and the overall school score.

The Science Challenge is a competition, and it encourages students to have fun learning science before the event itself, and it provides them with a fun day of competition. The Science Challenge is dependent on community support for both funding and volunteers.

For more information, to volunteer or contribute, contact Mike Roa at mroa@sonic.net.