Last year, Peter Nicholas ’22 and Lior Gurion ’22 started a student club to assemble an Upper School Science Olympiad team inspired by their passion for science. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. The competition requires preparation, commitment, coaching, and practice.
This year, Peter and Lior have led Zoom meetings during I block to discuss strategy and work on practice tests. They hope to place in the top five of the New York State regional competition so they can compete on the national level. The competition was originally scheduled for this month but was postponed to allow for better organization in the new virtual format. We wish the team the best of luck as they prepare to compete.
Biology Review Group
After taking Honors Biology as a ninth grader, Grace Casale ’22 developed a passion for the subject area and is now enrolled in AP Biology. Building on her interest, she created a Biology Review Group that meets during student club time to help ninth graders who are currently taking the class. Each week, she also posts a focus topic to RCDS News that is current to what students are learning in their classes. All students are welcome to join, and Grace offers her notes, knowledge, and the occasional drawings to help students understand topics in greater detail. Thank you, Grace, for sharing your love of science with the community!
Want more RCDS science updates? Check out the monthly Science Spotlight newsletter, produced Science Department Chair Charaun Wills. The newsletter, which is shared in e-notes, features lessons, highlights RCDS science classes and clubs, and shares opportunities to explore science outside of the classroom.