The Science Olympiad was held on March 4, 2017 at Case Western Reserve University with a 23-member team from grades 4-6 representing Birchwood School of Hawken.
Birchwood students competed against 18 area teams in 24 events that tested their knowledge on a variety of scientific topics and engineering skills. Birchwood’s team placed eighth overall in Division A.
Top individual event results are as follows:
First - Mousetrap Vehicle, Eric Vaziri & Ryan Vaziri
First - Science Bowl, Van Weinmann, Zayd Haufe, John Shin & Manan Raina
Second - Mystery Powder, Dina Nukta & Sylvia Beck
Fifth - Rock Hound, Charlotte Alten & John Shin
Fifth - Write it, Do it, Sofia Boyd & Nasreen Shakur
Sixth - Starry Starry Night, Van Weinmann & Arman Berard
Sixth - Crime Busters, Jaden Stainforth & Sam Hessler
Sixth – Aerodynamics, John Shin & James Mamone
Sixth - Bird Identification, Sinan Haufe & Manan Raina
Sixth - Dynamic Planet, James Mamone & Arihant Aneja
Sixth - Experimental Design, Sylvia Beck, Zayd Haufe & Kyna Shah
Birchwood science teachers Linda Brown and Michelle Bottini began weekly afterschool training sessions with the team beginning in mid-October. They added an additional practice time on Saturdays in January. “We are proud of how our students performed at the competition, and are even more impressed with their diligence to practice and study,” said Brown and Bottini.