At Science Olympiad
At Science Olympiad Competition, History Repeats Itself
When Lucas Brennen and Nick Cowan were in their Freshman year at Sayville High School, they won Fifth place in Write it Do it Science Olympiad. The two paired successfully in a team challenge, in which Nick viewed a constructed object and wrote a description of how to build it without visual cues, while teammate Lucas attempted to rebuild the object with the corresponding set of materials based upon the written description.
This year, the Science Olympiad was held at Brentwood High School where schools throughout Suffolk County convened to compete in twenty events.
Now as Sayville Seniors, Lucas Brennan and Nick Cowan entered into a Science Olympiad competition called Air Trajectory, for which they constructed a device that used only the gravitational energy of a falling mass to launch a projectile either directly or indirectly. Lucas and Nick won Seventh place for their Air Trajectory device and performance.
In addition, this year Savannah Votino competed in the Bungee Drop, the object of which was to drop a mass attached to an elastic cord from a given height and to get the mass as close to the ground without letting it touch the ground. Savannah placed Ninth in this competition.
Science teachers and coaches Adriana LoCicero and Jennifer Stewart-Hassett were proud of all the team members who participated and offer congratulations to Lucas Brennan, Nick Cowan and Savannah Votino for their remarkable efforts.
BACKGROUND ON SCIENCE OLYMPIAD:
From Science Olympiad website http://soinc.org
For the past 28 years, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 6,200 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad’s ever-changing event lineup provides a variety of career choices and exposure to practicing scientists and mentors. In the words of a Science Olympiad alumnus: “I consider Science Olympiad the most important and influential activity I participated in during my middle school and high school career.”
Science Olympiad strives:
• To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
• To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation by changing the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem solving and hands-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials. http://soinc.org/mission