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Sophisticated Science: Science Olympiad

Hey Eastern, continuing the coverage of the diverse extracurriculars at FHE, I got to sit down with Adam Rhodes (‘24) to talk about Science Olympiad. The teamwork involved in the extracurriculars at FHE has continued to amaze me and Science Olympiad is no exception. Adam revealed to me all the opportunities that Science Olympiad has to offer, with special attention to the teamwork and the topics covered in the club.

Science Olympiad is a yearly extracurricular activity that brings students together to research a certain topic that is related to science. With your team, you will research this topic and eventually compete with your team against other schools. This competition comes in the spring, so the practices usually start during the winter. Your task at competitions depends on what topic you choose. Usually, you will either have a test on the topic you researched, but they have some building competitions where you build a device that accomplishes a task – the device is then rated based on performance. Last year, Science Olympiad was altered tremendously because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Adam stated, “when we started our freshman year, we were all online so that made meeting up with your partner and doing the meetings very difficult.” He insisted that the virtual year was not so much disappointing as strange. The test that students prepare for throughout the year was online as well, which is really not what Science Olympiad is about. A more hands-on experience makes it so unique. Luckily this year is set to present the hands-on experience that students in Science Olympiad are hoping for.

For some perspective, Adam has been doing Science Olympiad since seventh grade. Adam has researched plenty of topics over the years, but one that has always stuck with him is fossils. Fossilscombine paleontology and geology, and Adam’s passion for both made it a perfect fit. However, in eighth grade, he really found his niche with a topic called “reach for the stars,” which is where his love for space and astrology really clicked. He also shared that although he has not won any medals within the topic, he hopes to start this year. According to Adam, you can do certain events alone, but he recommends working with a partner, meeting up with them, discussing plans, and studying for the test to create a teamwork-based atmosphere. Adam is hoping to go into astronomy when Science Olympiad starts this December. Though it seems to be creeping up faster and faster, for members of Science Olympiad, it couldn’t come soon enough.             


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