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Students Sharpen Their STEM Skills


Members of the science olympiad after the regional competition.

“Let science tell us what and how. Let religion tell us who and why.” St. John Paul II

While some student teams spend months practicing for a sport, others do the same for a science competition. All that practice recently paid off for the 39 members of the Cardinal Gibbons Science Olympiad teams, who have been practicing for their events since October.

Members of the science olympiad after the regional competition.

Strutting their expertise in matters ranging from geologic mapping and duct tape challenge to ping pong parachute, the varsity team clinched first place in the varsity division at the recent Science Olympiad Regional competition, while the JV team placed third in its division. The varsity team will advance to the state competition on April 27 at NC State.

More importantly, the competition opened students' eyes to the practical uses of what they are learning in the classroom, helped prepare them for their futures, and enabled them to have fun.

Describing what she hoped students gained from the experience Tess Chugh, science educator and Science Olympiad moderator added: “I hope they gained experience with problem-solving and the scientific process that will help them in college and the real world.  Science Olympiad is a great way to supplement the science curriculum that students are already receiving in school.” 



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