Bright minds from Amherst Junior High School will have a chance to shine Saturday when they travel to Columbus for the Ohio Science Olympiad.
Fifteen seventh- and eighth-graders will make the trip and compete in events dealing with topics like food science, wind power, rocks and minerals, invasive species, optics, and meteorology.
Eighth-graders Aum Desai and Kylie Lawson shared thoughts on what the team expects to see in Columbus, helpful lessons at the junior high, and how they want to turn their scientific interests into careers.
“We’ve learned a lot about physics this year,” said Lawson. “We’ve talked a lot about cells. Science is all about learning as you go.”
She’ll participate in four events in Columbus: food sciences, forensics, optics, and machine building.
“I’m most interested in chemistry,” said Lawson. “To become a chemical engineer in the future would be a dream.”
Desai also works with optics and helped build a gravity-powered car this year. “With the car, a weight drops and pulls it forward. We started on that back in November.”
He will display the vehicle and take part in the “fast facts” competition in Columbus.
“With fast facts, they give you a list of letters and topics,” he said. “Then you have to think of something related to that topic that begins with that specific letter.”
Each year, 40 teams are invited to the Science Olympiad, with all events stressing teamwork and group planning.
Filling out the team’s roster are seventh-graders Evan Barry, Isabel Bennett, John Belak, Ethan Belak, Adrienne Clark, Olivia Horvath, and Jacob Frankart as well as eighth-graders Andrew Phillips, Abby McCollough, Sam Barrett, Connor Wood, Lauren Hoffman, and Matt Mendak.
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