February 25th, 2012 – Chesapeake Science Point’s Science Olympiad Team had an outstanding showing in their first ever entry in the Middle School Maryland Science Olympiad Central Maryland Regional Tournament, finishing in second place overall in the middle school small school division, earning medals in 20 of the 23 individual events and qualifying to compete in the statewide MD Science Olympiad.
The Maryland Science Olympiad is composed of a variety of events covering a wide spectrum of the middle school science curriculum. In each of the 23 events, two-person teams compete in fun challenges that are both knowledge based and involve hands on science. These events include diverse challenges ranging from building catapults and rockets, applying computer skills in web searches and data presentations, learning about astronomy, forestry, thermodynamics and optics, to applying deductive reasoning to solve clues at a crime scene. This years regional event was held at the University of Maryland in College Park Maryland, using a number of college classrooms, laboratories, gymnasiums and campus fields for the events.
With 23 events, CSP’s team of Science Olympiads split their 15 team members so that each student competed in multiple events. Mrs. Karaduman and numerous assistant coaches helped the students prepare in their topic areas in the months leading up to the competition, preparing for both the hands-on challenges as well as the traditional study based learning in areas that the CSP students were not yet experts on. Their hard work definitely paid off with CSP earning medals for being a top three finisher in all but three events.
CSP earned first place in their division in 7 competitions: Awesome Aquifer, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Microbe Mission, Reach for the Stars, Rocks and Minerals, and Science Crimebusters
CSP earned second place medals in their division in 7 more competitions: Compute This, Disease Detectives, Food Science, Forestry, Keep the Heat, Optics, and Bottle Rocket
CSP earned third place medals in 6 competitions: Anatomy, Meteorology, Road Scholar, Water Quality, Write It / Do It and Tower Building
Every CSP student that competed in the Olympiad earned at least one medal for a top three finish. The CSP Science Olympiad team is comprised of 6th graders: Matthew Berg, Karla Monroy, Haley Taylor, Chloe Wempe and Kaitlyn White, 7th graders: Catherine Ault, Benjamin Kelm, Christopher Hensley and Daniel Navales, 8th graders: Mandy Linke, Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi, Sandra Sandeep, Hamzah Tariq and Alina Yousefian and 9th grader: Clarissa Sorrell. They were joined bythe coach, CSP Science Teacher Mrs. Karaduman along with Science Olympiad assistant coaches Mr. Bilgen, Mrs. Min, Mr. Ben, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Berg, Mr. Tarik, Mrs. Ayse Kurdoglu and Mr. Kurum.
This outstanding result earns CSP a spot in the statewide Maryland Science Olympiad to be held March 31st at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
The Central MD regional competition includes Maryland schools throughout the western shore of Maryland, with the exception of Baltimore City, which competes as its own regional competition. The Maryland Science Olympiad is a “hands-on” K-12 science program including rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments. Scientists and engineers from Maryland corporations, organizations, and universities oversee the teamwork oriented tournament events. Competitive opportunities may include various Invitational, Regional, and State-wide tournaments. Finalists of the Maryland State Science Olympiad Tournament hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering are invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad tournament to be held in May in Orlando, FL.
Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School, located in Anne Arundel County at 7321 Parkway Drive South, Hanover, Maryland, is a nationally recognized public charter school with a strong focus on science, math and technology and emphasizes preparation of it’s students for continued higher education. The school consistently places at the top in test scores in several categories at the state level and has competed and placed highly in mathematic competitions nationally and internationally. For more information, visit the CSP website at: www.mycsp.org