Wellesley High School students displayed their STEM versatility earlier this month in winning the 13th annual Women of Science Competition in Bedford, Mass.
Challenges included taking part in physics, chemistry, biology and earth science activities, answering science stumpers, building a mystery structure on the fly as well as creating a flying device.
The all-Senior team of Shannon Duffy, Michelle Gee and Mira Kim took first place, which includes $1,000 scholarships for each student, plus a plaque now displayed at the WHS science office.
Also competing for Wellesley was the team of Abbey Mui, Rachel Landau and Katie Pyzowski.
“These are volunteers who expressed an interest in doing this event – and a willingness to prepare for it,” says Brian Finn, a science teacher at Wellesley High who coached the young women. “Both teams spent considerable time and effort building and testing their airplanes for the last event.”
Finn says Wellesley has participated in the event since at least 2006 and has been in the top 3 teams each of the past 3 years. The event has grown quite a bit, from about a dozen teams back when to about 40 teams this year.