So much has happened in the last month, so this is going to be a long – but very informative – post.
- In case you haven’t already heard, the Bay Academy Science Olympiad (SciOly) Team has placed 1st in the NY City Regional competition and 5th at the NY State competition! This is HUGE for three reasons: First, this the is highest our team has ever placed in State competition. Second, this is the highest that ANY NY City middle school SciOly team has ever placed at the NY State State competition level. And lastly, EVERY ONE of our students medaled at least once in their event(s)!! In other words, every one of the State team members, medaled! For the coaches this was a great moment to see every student walk up to take home one of the prizes! Next year we promise to coach the team all the way to NATIONALS!
- 2018 Bay Academy State Pics – This is how “winning” works!
- 2018 Bay Academy Regional Pics – Nobody has more fun on away trips than SciOly!!
Now onto other “science” news… Parents and students are always asking us how they can be involved in any of science contests and competitions offered by the Science Department. They then ask if these events are open only to Science Talent students. Certainly not! Every one of these academic/science competitions are open to students from ANY TALENT! (** Students must “test into” The Science Olympiad and the NY City Science Bowl, but all others are open and available for all talents to participate.)
Overall, this has been a great year for The Bay Academy Science Department and all students who entered – and won BIG – in so many events and from so many different talents. Here is just a partial list of the contest wins:
- e-Cybermission – 1st Place in NY State!! (6th Grade Category) Three students each won $1,000 bonds!! Teams of three or four students are instructed to ask questions (for science) or define problems (for engineering), and then construct explanations (for science) or design solutions (for engineering) based on identified problems in their community.
- NY City Art & Poetry Contest (science-themed) – Two winners received a $500 bond each for Outstanding Poetry! New York City and East and West of Hudson Watersheds students create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources.
- Future Engineers – Top Ten Semifinalist Nationwide. This student won a MakerBot 3-D printer for home use (just like the ones we use here at Bay Academy!) The challenge is to create a digital 3-D model of an object (using any of the 3 free software programs provided) to function on the International Space Station and the winning TEEN design will be 3-D printed on the International Space Station!
- Fluor Challenge – Three Bay Academy teams placed 1st, 2nd & 8th internationally!! More than 3,800 students from 10 countries participated in the 2018 Fluor Engineering Challenge to create a ball launcher and receiver using everyday materials (like cups, pencils, ruler, tape, rubber bands, and paper). Students devised, tested & submitted innovative solutions and launcher designs. (You might have seen the students practicing in the hallway shooting small aluminum balls with their catapults)!
- Exploravision – One team earned Honorable Mention (but we had so many great ideas that we are sure to take one of the top prizes next year!!) Students pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles.
- Engineer Girl – One student placed 3rd Nationwide (6th – 8th Grade category) ($100 cash) This was a 600-1,000 word persuasive essay to convince others on how to improve your community’s infrastructure.
- Future City – 3rd Place NY City!! Future City is a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. We had ten teams compete this year!!
- Scranton Earth Day Essay – One student won 1st Place for Bay Academy (and received a beautifully engraved medal for her hard work!) Student wrote essays that clearly explain their position on climate change and include information on its possible causes and effects.
- Poetic Power – Two students are being published and are also in the running for National Top Ten positions! Students write poetry based on any appropriate topic (but we make it SCIENCE!)
But this is not the end of our contests and competitions for this year! We have yet to hear from…
- Mars Competition ?
- DXC Coding ?
- MyMiniFactory (3-D printing) ?
- An Inconvenient Sequel Essay ?
- Geek Partnership Writing Contest (science fiction short story) ?
- And many more! If I missed any, please let me know and I will add them 🙂
We are counting on next year to be our biggest and best year yet, so we need YOU to be involved! I will be sending out messages letting you know what contests (in addition to the above) will be available to us so you can sign up and compete. Remember, no matter your talent, if you love science and really, REALLY love to compete academically, speak with me (Dr. C), Mr. Davis, Mr. Lilly or Mr. Caputo and let them know you want to be involved!