Primary students at Chartiers Valley showcase science prowess in annual Olympiad


Primary students at Chartiers Valley showcase science prowess in annual Olympiad

Chartiers Valley first grader Ivy Woods participated in the annual Science and STEM Olympiad for first graders at Chartiers Valley Primary School on March 26. One of the activities she enjoyed was launching gummy bears with a small wooden catapult. The event consisted of 14 stations, each based on what the students had learned in science and STEM classes throughout the year.

Among the stations were a “pentathlon” where students ran through an obstacle course while answering review questions, building a “marshmallow tower,” boat races, and constructing a bridge designed to hold weights. Ivy, along with her classmates Luke Thomas and Olivia Weber, found the gummy bear launch to be their favorite activity.

According to Ellen Zissis, the STEM teacher at the school, students often express that the Science and STEM Olympiad is one of their favorite days of the year. Zissis believes that participating in such events can help foster a love for science, develop crucial skills, and establish a strong foundation for future learning in STEM fields. The activities in the Olympiad are designed to be age-appropriate, hands-on, and to encourage curiosity and exploration.

For students like Luke and Olivia, the day was an enjoyable learning experience. Luke particularly enjoyed building things with Play-Doh, while Olivia expressed how “cool” it was to learn about science. Overall, the Science and STEM Olympiad served as a fun and educational event for the first graders at Chartiers Valley Primary School.

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