Science Olympiad Finishes the Season at Cornell
Our Cortland Science Olympiad Team finished out the 2018-2019 season with an intense competition at Cornell University on February 16th.
At Cornell, the Cortland High School team was competing with the top 60 high school teams in the nation. Club advisor Charles Canestaro said, “we really got to experience a large competition at Cornell. Our team got to compete with some of the best Science Olympiad teams in the nation.”
All of the events were grounded in different scientific fields such as biology, chemistry, forensics, engineering, math, earth science and physics. Students that have interest in each field could dig deeper and learn about specific topics. Some events include: Duct Tape Challenge where students use engineering principles and duct tape to build an apparatus on the spot, The Sound of Music, where students build their own instrument, Codebusters, where students solve ciphers, Fermi Questions, where students estimate difficult calculations, like how many drops of water are needed to fill a standard pool, and Water Quality, where students test their knowledge of municipal water maintenance and filtratration systems. In all, there are 25 unique events that students can compete in. Students are able to find their niche of interests while diving significantly deeper into topics than they would otherwise be able to in class.
Top finishers for Cortland were Izzy Mendez and Liza Antonova. Izzy and Liza were challenged to build a tower out of duct tape and placed sixth overall. Other notable finishes were done by Alex Garrow in Herpatology and Sam Forrester for making a beautiful Hammered Dulcimer.
This was the last of three competitions of Science Olympiad team. The team is going to pick up again in October of 2019. Students in grades 8-11 that are interested can see Mr. Ulrich or Mr. Canestaro to join the team for next year.