“Science is fun!” at Science Olympics

On Saturday, September 28, Lauralton Hall hosted the 9th annual fall Science Olympics. 144 middle school girls from Fairfield and New Haven counties formed 36 teams that competed for first place victory. This event is held twice a year in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for girls. Lauralton students are required to take physics freshman year, allowing each student to recognize very quickly that science can be exciting and fun. Lauralton girls volunteer to encourage and demonstrate to middle school students how science has empowered them and to peak a broader interest in the field.

This year’s theme was “science is fun!” Lauralton science teacher and Science Olympics coordinator, Sue Cavar, Ph.D. feels having a generalized theme allows the competition to have a variety of events that show science really is fun. Each team competed in four events that ranged widely in different areas of science. The budding scientists participated in such projects as designing a bone, engineering an arch out of candy and creating a way for a metal paperclip to float in water. One of the most competitive events involved a race to perform basic math equations with the winner of the event performing the most correct answers in the fastest time. 

Every event is designed to allow the students to think out of the box. They have to find creative solutions to each of the problems as each event is designed so that there is no one correct answer. Experimentation, editing, re-evaluating results and logic are critical to each Olympic challenge. Lauralton is proud to be able to broaden the interest of young girls in the field of science.

“The goal of science is to inspire curiosity about the world, and we hope that the middle school girls who participate in Science Olympics leave not only inspired, but motivated to find the solutions to tomorrow’s problems,” states Dr. Cavar.

One of the highlights of the day was a presentation by a group of animal educators from Animal Embassy in Stamford, who toted in some unique guests for the students to meet. Appearances were made by several turtles, frogs and a chinchilla by the name of “Argentina.”

For the last nine years, Milford-based Subway has generously provided lunch to the Olympians. The spring Science Olympics is set to take place May 10, 2014.

First Place Winners:
6th grade - The Apples from St. Stephens (Hamden)
7th grade - The Criminalists from Moran (Wallingford)
8th grade - The Darwininans from St. James (Stratford)



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