Greenwich Catholic has science Olympians

A team of young Greenwich Catholic scientists went for the gold recently at Lauralton Hall’s annual spring Science Olympics.

Maria Baver-Rowe, Julianna Gonzalez, Camryn Abbate and Kyle Hagan, all sixth graders, formed The Catalysts, one of the Olympian champion teams from the competition. Teams of middle grade girls from schools throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties took part in the competition and, with the help of Lauralton faculty and students, participants competed in fun, problem-solving events.

 

The students experimented with resistance and friction to change car crash situations, determined the amount of sugar in gum, conducted a genetic analysis to better understand and predict inheritance traits, and conducted a surface tension experiment to see how much water can be dropped onto a penny.

Lauralton science teacher Susan Cavar feels the Science Olympics are extremely valuable for middle grade girls. “Studies show that girls have negative attitudes towards math and science,” Dr. Cavar said. “This translates into reduced involvement in these fields in high school, college and career choice. Although performing better than middle school boys, they participate less, have high levels of anxiety, and little confidence in their abilities. The Science Olympics is the perfect opportunity for girls to shine, increase their confidence, and be around others that share their love of science.”

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