On Saturday, January 28th, Friends Academy students participated in the annual Regional Science Olympiad (SciOly) competition at Syosset High School. This is a yearly tradition for FA to bring students from all different grade levels and science backgrounds in the Upper School to compete.
The competition tests students on their science skills in numerous events. The events range from building events to laboratory events. An example of an event at the SciOly is the “Write-it Do-it” event. In teams of two, one student examines a puzzle/object and writes a detailed description of how it looks and how to assemble it. The other student gets the written description from their partner and is tasked to rebuild the puzzle exactly as it is. The team with the build that closely matches the original wins the event. This year our team of Indian Harris '25 and Jhanvi Gambhir '25 placed 10th overall in the event. This earned them a medal at the competition.
Another event is environmental chemistry. This event involves students answering questions about various environmental issues involving the chemistry of the environment. In addition, the students are tasked to perform laboratory tests on soil and water samples to determine how polluted the samples are. This year we had students Isabella Sha '23 and Michael Gottlieb '23 in this event. The efforts earned them a 10th place finish and a medal at the competition. The dedication and hard work each member put into our team’s overall performance were commendable. I am proud of our school's efforts in this year’s SciOly competition.
The team is always looking for new competitors to join the ranks. If interested in joining the team, please let Mr. Vijay Suthar know.