在希普利中学, the competitions are only part of what makes the Science Olympiad experience such an amazing one. 今年, 皮普’s Middle School Science Olympiad team finished 11th out of 36 middle school teams that participated in the recent States competition. Though it may not have been as good as the outcome the team wanted, the Olympians 和 coaches came away from the experience with much more than a trophy or gold medal.
对于小的, 谁参加了五个国家的活动, 其中两部是《卢卡斯的解剖学和生理学, 和莉莉一起攻下城堡, the best parts of being on the Science Olympiad team are the friendships she has made 和 strong bonds she has formed with her teammates. 长途汽车旅行, 在比赛现场过夜, 和, 当然, 时间规划和建设, modifying 和 rebuilding all year in the MakerSpace affords students with similar interests a lot of time together. It’s not surprising that the team is a tightly knit one.
亨利T.科学奥林匹克竞赛的队长表示同意. He loves being part of the group, especially the teamwork involved in helping each other succeed. He has made a lot of friends with kids he did not know well prior to being a member of the Olympiad. 今年, 亨利是船长, which allowed him to not only participate in several events including the Road Scholar, an event centered around reading 和 underst和ing USGS maps, 也是为了锻炼他的领导能力.
约翰·哈里斯教练, 莎拉Stehman, 和 Sean Legnini share the same sentiment 和 enthusiasm as the Olympiads. Coach Legnini told the students: "Where you ranked yesterday 和 where we finished, 对我来说, 不重要. 而不是, what you all deserve immense credit for is for showing up, diving into really difficult events (some of the hardest ever in my opinion), 竞争, 调整, 和学习. 我总是这么说, there is nothing more challenging at the 皮普 Middle School than Science Olympiad, 你们都接受了这个挑战, 和 ran us to our second-straight appearance at the Pennsylvania State Tournament."
The students agree that the team would not have done as well without the support, 努力, time, 和 commitment of the three coaches who taught them perseverance 和 working together through 挑战s.
Lilla 和 Lily can attest to working through a 挑战. For their Storm the Castle event, one of the most difficult, the duo had to build a 抛石机
(a specific type of catapult that uses a counterweight to create force to fling an object*; a medieval machine used in warfare) 和 launch an object from a specified location into a bucket. The two had spent so much time during the year working with their 抛石机 和 practicing with the known weights for the competition (ranging from 1.5公斤至3公斤.0kg), that by competition season, they knew their machine 和 how it would perform. 当给定一个权重时, the two knew exactly what adjustments to make to the angle of the arm, 球能飞多远, 和 what trajectory the ball would take in order to reach a specific distance.
这些信息在美国派上了用场, when they had to completely improvise their 抛石机’s design because it was not within the rules (though it had been for previous competitions). Because Lilla 和 Lilly knew their device inside 和 out, they were able to modify their machine 和 still reach the bucket, 让物体落地并击中它. Points for this event come from the combination of how far you can throw the ball, 考虑到重量, 以及你击中桶的精准度. 谈论 Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing
! Read more about the Middle 和 Upper School's Science Olympiad performances at States