Seashore Wins Gold & Record Number Of Medals At Science Olympiad 2019
LONG BRANCH, February 23 – After spending the last five months honing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) skills at The Seashore School in Long Branch, fourth grade through middle school students not only took first in two events at Science Olympiad 2019. They brought home 12 medals in six categories — setting a record number of Seashore wins in the daylong timed-trial competition which took place this year at Lambertville Public School in Lambertville, NJ on February 23.
From the minute teams entered the gymnasium lined with stations of challenges requiring quick thinking, strategic planning and teamwork, the pressure was on to finish one task and move to the next event.
Demonstrating principles of structural engineering including force, geometry and statical determinacy, fourth grade Dana Hassan, Long Branch, and fifth grade Audrey Franco, Holmdel, won first place in the Marshmallow Tower Competition. They were challenged to construct the tallest tower using 50 mini marshmallows and 100 toothpicks in just 20 minutes and make it sturdy enough to stand unsupported for a countdown of one minute. Working quickly, they constructed a base of triangles and squares and built up. Their tower was so high, it could be seen towering over the competition from the other end of the gym.
Johnny Bertan, Howell, and Daniel Pardini, Long Branch, also came in first in Aerodynamics. They collaborately constructed two paper airplanes, one which flew at least five meters before landing on a prescribed target and the other that remained aloft the longest before touching the ground.
In addition, students medaled for identifying mystery powders, constructing a catapult that shot a rubber band at a target, erecting the tallest newspaper tower that could withstand air from a blowdryer and building three choppers that used rotation to slow desent from a 14’ ladder.
Other events required dropping an egg from 14’ feet and hitting a bullseye without having it break, developing a recyclable/sustainable container to keep an ice cube from melting for the longest amount of time, building a clay barge that would hold the most weight, designing a rollercoaster with twists and turns that would drop a marble into a cup at the end of its ride, making a balloon powered car fast enough to beat the competition and more.
“We are very proud of the entire team,” Advisors Science Teacher Bob Burt, History/Math Teacher Chris Stone and Science/Math substitute Rebecca Nordstrom said.
According to Stone, students worked together, did their best, thought on their feet and methodically executed tasks knowing the clock was running. They learned the value of hard work and preparation necessary to success.
“It is important to spark an interest in science early,” Burt said. “Students learned a lot about STEAM principles and processes, had fun and can’t wait to enter again next year.”
One of the premiere science competitions in the country, the Science Olympiad consists of district, regional, state and national tournaments that require a knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and applications.