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There will be more than 30 events and competitions, with activities that include solving forensic cases, codebreaking and constructing machines such as ping-pong parachutes and musical instruments.

The annual Manchester University Science Olympiad Invitational will draw hundreds of middle and high school students.

At the Jan. 22 invitational, 15 high school teams and five middle school teams will bring about 400 students to the North Manchester campus.

Anne Gregory is the assistant director of media relations in the Office of Strategic Communications at Manchester University.