Best of the Week 2018-2019: Excellence in College Prep


Last weekend, St. Ed's Science Olympiad Team competed in their third consecutive year at the Ohio Science Olympiad State Tournament at The Ohio State University among the top 40 teams in Ohio. Science Olympiad, a STEM-based competition for high school students, hosts 23 different events which include exams, labs and building events that range in a variety of topics from Earth Science, Chemistry and Physical Science to Technology and Engineering. "Science Olympiad allows our students to apply what they've learned in the classroom and compete with their peers in a social, academic environment against other premier Science Olympiad high schools," says Science Olympiad Moderator and Pre-Engineering & Science teacher Mrs. Erin Schilf. "The competition's categories also rotate each year to provide variety. Students can also learn new concepts typically not taught in the high school classroom such as ornithology, astronomy and herpetology. Our students need to learn how to function outside the classroom in high pressure situations, think on their feet and successfully work with a team to execute tasks."

This year, St. Ed's Science Olympiad teams built from scratch their own musical instrument, mousetrap vehicles, digital thermometer, rubber band powered balsa wood airplane, boomilever and Rube Goldberg machine. Students used their knowledge in 3D-printing, Arduino and Jmol software, physics, engineering and even music theory to successfully build their devices and studied content related to categories such as thermodynamics, designer genes, protein modeling, circuit lab and disease detectives to pass the exam portions for certain events. Congratulations to the following Science Olympiad members who placed in the top 15 for their events:

4th Place: Cam Carandang '19 and Jack Reardon '19 (Anatomy & Physiology)

7th Place: Jack Reardon '19 and Ryan Ward '20 (Designer Genes)

9th Place: Cam Carandang '19, Jack Reardon '19 and Billy Seibert (Protein Modeling)

11th Place: Jack Reardon '19 and Billy Seibert '19 (Thermodynamics)

12th Place: George Platko '19 and Billy Seibert '19