Six teams and two individual students from Birchwood School have qualified to compete at the State Bowl of International Future Problem Solving. Though it is being held virtually again this year, these students engaged in a rigorous process of research and an in-depth, six-step problem solving process. Their final written work was evaluated by a panel of judges and the best were invited to compete at the State Bowl. The massive problems these students are tackling in this year’s competition are youth in competitive sports, wearable technology, human environmental impact, and personalized medicine.
Over the past five months, Birchwood students competed in a series of 30-minute math tests sponsored by the Continental Mathematics League. The second, third, and fourth grade teams earned national recognition for their outstanding work.
The second-grade team won 4th place nationally (out of 85 schools) and team member Anne Fei (of Westlake) achieved a perfect cumulative score—one of only 14 students second graders in the country.
The third-grade team placed 32nd nationally (out of 148 schools) and John Gordon (of Bay Village) earned a perfect cumulative score—one of only 25 students nationally in his grade level.
The fourth-grade team placed 27th nationally out of 110 schools.
All three teams placed first in Ohio and second in the Midwest region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
On Saturday, March 27, Birchwood students competed in the regional level of National History Day. After months of research and perfecting their papers, performances, projects and presentations, students submitted their work to a panel of judges to be evaluated on the historical quality of their research and presentation and its connection to the theme of Communication in History. The heavily decorated contingent of 27 students and 16 projects move on to the state competition which will be held virtually on April 24, 2021.
Birchwood School of Hawken is a member of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Birchwood School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.