Elementary Science Olympiad


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A special ‘Chemistry Crime Scene’ investigation took place on Saturday at St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, where teams of students participated in the annual Elementary Science Olympiad. Some 500 students were challenged to execute experiments in such categories as Light and Mirrors, Egg Drop, and Chopper Challenge. Independence, St. Edmond’s, St. Elizabeth, Sanford, Ursuline, Tower Hill and Wilmington Friends were among the 20 independent and Catholic schools that participated. Click here for Olympiad results. “This competition is a great way for us to stimulate enthusiasm in science and math,” said Sanford Science Teacher John Bell.

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  • I am a civil engineer. After lnaering my times tables I finally started to like math because it seemed to have right and wrong answers (of course later in life I realized theoretical math wasn’t this way). I liked math but did have struggles with it.I grew to LOVE math when I took my applied engineering coursework in college. Ahhhh! This is the how and why it works. It was the context I needed to feel (literally) good in my skin while lnaering math. The lnaering it for lnaering sake just never felt good (in my head and in my physical body) to me. Learning it with context made all the pieces fall into place in a satisfying and calming way.In our homeshcooling I do teach arithmetic and mathematics (it is the one thing we two engineer parents have insisted on) but have always tried to keep it in context. I try to keep the how and why in it so my kids could understand not just memorize stuff.My kids have enjoyed and relished their understanding of mathematics when we do Destination Imagination or LEGO FIRST Robotics or Backyard Ballistics or similar projects/programs. My eldest son is happily working on his own Eagle project and it requires a good deal of engineering and mathematics as well as welding and machining.I agree teaching mathematics in school/homeschool is not a good idea. I agree following a child’s lead on interest is a good idea. I believe the way mathematics is taught in America is counterproductive and damaging to the idea that *I am good at maths* for most people.I believe it is the WAY we teach mathematics that makes it so wrong for so many people.

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