It was Science Poster Night at Wellesley High School, a yearly event when sophomores and juniors present their scientific findings to the community, and the community generally comes away having leaned that germs are pervasive and resistance is futile. Here are some pics:
It was a big day for the Wellesley Middle School Science Olympiad team last week at the State Science Olympiad Competition. Not only did the team travel to Worcester to compete, but they took home the third place trophy at the Assumption College event. It was an impressive finish as every member on the WMS main team received a medal or ribbon in at least one event.
Here’s the medal count: 3- first place medals; 2- second place medals; 5-third place finishes; and numerous fourth through sixth place finishes. Although the WMS team has placed in the top six in Massachusetts for seven years in a row, this is the first time they’ve vaulted into third place. Most of the 41 students on the WMS team competed in three or four of the twenty- three events at this year’s Olympiad.
The Science Olympiad events are STEM based and can involve tests, experiments and hands-on engineering events where students build various projects. This year the students started in October designing and building hovercraft, balsa-wood towers which support over 30 pounds, battery powered vehicles, airplanes, Rube Goldberg-like machines and insulating devices to test thermodynamic principles. The culmination of the months of preparation and multiple practices a week was the State competition, followed by a celebratory dinner where students, coaches, and parents celebrated the successes, failures, and hard work of the year.
Started in 1974, Science Olympiad is a national organization which promotes STEM. It has divisions for elementary, middle and high school teams, through which students compete in events in a range of STEM subjects. There were approximately thirty middle schools competing this year in Massachusetts and nationally there were over 7,300 teams from all fifty states.
The second annual CreateAthon will be on March 24th from 10am to 4pm at Wellesley High School. At the CreateAthon, high school and middle school students who live or go to school in Wellesley will work in teams to create an app from scratch. These apps will target specific community problems such as environmental, education or health issues presented in problem statements by community members such as Wellesley superintendent David Lussier, leaders from Sustainable Wellesley and local business owners.
The CreateAthon is free thanks to the generosity of a slew of sponsors, and registration opens on March 1. Eighty participants will be able to attend.
The day will include four instructional workshops and all student teams will be paired with mentors to allow all participants to learn the process of ideation and MIT App Inventor. No programming experience is required.
Messages can be sent to [email protected] if you have questions or need more info.
A group of IT security-savvy Wellesley High School students recently earned first place in the Massachusetts CyberPatriot competition.
They had hoped to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Baltimore for the National Finals in mid-April, but fell short in the semi-finals.
The all-junior team consisted of Alden Schmidt, Andy Lyu, Ethan Perry, Luis Hoderlein and James Sours, with Wellesley High teacher Robert Cohen as the coach. It was the first Wellesley High team to win the state championship, bettering the second place finish of one recent WHS team.
Established by the Air Force Association in 2009, CyberPatriot is designed to get students excited about careers in cybersecurity and other STEM fields. The competition revolves around spotting and resolving cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments.
Wellesley High’s team formed as an offshoot of the computer science club (WHS currently does not offer any formal computer security courses).
“Since I have been here, there has been a steady interest in computer security,” Cohen says. “The students [on this team] challenge each other and learn from other online competitions. It is a small, talented, engaged group.”