GBS hosted an inaugural Science Olympiad Meet on Nov. 17 for the students of seven local middle schools.
Olympiad co-captain Elizabeth Welch-Jani thought it would be a good way for high school students to share their love of science with middle schoolers while raising awareness of GBS' successful Science Olympiad program in the community.
The event was student-driven and student-run. Attea, Field, Maple, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Quest Academy, Science & Arts Academy, and Springman middle schools all attended the competition, bringing a total of 11 Science Olympiad teams (five Varsity and six JV teams) and around 200 middle school students to GBS to share in a fun and competitive day of science learning.
Throughout the afternoon, the middle school students competed with their partners in 12 different science events, including Anatomy & Physiology, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Fossils, and Ornithology, where students were tested on subject matter content; Circuit Lab, Experimental Design, Machines, Water Quality, and Write It Do It, which combined a test with hands-on lab activities; and build events like Boomilever and Ping Pong Parachute, the latter of which involved designing an air-powered rocket to launch a ping pong ball attached to a deployable parachute with the goal of keeping the ping pong ball in the air as long as possible.
In the last few years, a number of GBS students have won top honors at the state competition in Champaign for their success in Science Olympiad, including first place in Astronomy (Welch-Jani & Kienan Ahner-McHaffie), first place in Hovercraft (Lucas Pauker & Jacob Fine), and third place in Dynamic Planet (Welch-Jani & Elizabeth Finley).