2014 Science Olympiad Final Day

A few of our Litchfield students served as assistant coaches for the 2014 Science Olympiad held at the University of Akron. The final Competition Day was today and though you can't see the smiles on their faces clearly in the photos you can be sure they enjoyed themselves and we hope that the younger students they spend these weeks with enjoyed their time as well.

* photo: coaches + assistant coaches  handing out awards to participants *

* photo: coaches + assistant coaches  handing out awards to participants *

* LMS Students Assisted with the Following Classes *
Science Sampler Class
students grades 2 -3
Assistant Coaches: Richard Lochrie & David Stewart (LMS grade 7)
Barge Building:
Participants constructed a barge using aluminum foil to support a cargo of the largest number of weighted objects (e.g. pennies) without getting them wet. They predicted the amount of cargo the barge could hold.
Estimania:
Measurement is a key component in science. Teams were asked to either estimate or calculate answers to ten questions of measurement.
Sink or Float:
Each team learned about density by predicting what might happen to various objects when they were placed in a bowl of water.

Water Rocket Class
students grades 4 to 6
Assistant Coach: Magdalen Weiss-Vopat (LMS grade 8)
Students built a rocket out of a 2-liter soda bottle, making alterations each week and adding a parachute to help it stay aloft. The rocket that stayed in the air the longest on Competition Day was the winner.
Participants learned about rocket design, propulsion, balance, stability.