Getting up early on a Saturday morning was no problem for 24 students at Wilson’s Mills Elementary School, because they were competing in Science Olympiad at Raleigh Charter High School.
For many of the students, this was their second year on the team. Wilson’s Mills has fielded a team for four years.
This year’s team began preparing for the competition at the start of the school year. The hands-on activities were tied to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum. For example, in Bridge-a-Roni, students made a bridge out of pasta and glue. The goal was to make the lightest bridge they could that would hold 22 pounds. In Trajeggtory, students designed and built a case to protect an egg from breaking on concrete.
The Science Olympiad featured 12 events, and students competed in three.
Stephanie Caviness, a fifth grade teacher and coach of the Wilson’s Mills team, said she was happy with her school’s performance. “We are extremely proud of our students and how well they performed,” she said.
Katy Hellis is a fifth-grader who has been on the team for two years. “It was so fun,” she said. “Although we didn’t win, it was fun to participate. I had to wake up at 5:30 in the morning on a Saturday, but it was worth it.”
Ben Cheisa, another fifth-grader, said: “It was so fun to compete in the events that we were offered. It was definitely worth the wait and effort.”