FLINT TWP. — Carman- Ainsworth students did well at the 27th Annual Regional Science Olympiad Competition held at Mott Community College on March 24th.
Only six students participated this year, less than half the full team size of 15, but all obtained medals, said Avideh Lotfi chemistry teacher and team coach with Tom Pugsley.
Competing against 15 schools from mid-Michigan, the high scorers were:
• John Collins and Kiran Vekaria — 1st place in Chemistry Lab
• Jarron McAllister and Yeonjung Park — 2nd place in Disease Detectives
• Jarron McAllister and Yeonjung Park — 2nd place in Forensics
• Yeonjung Park and Kiran Vekaria — 2nd place in Write It/Do It
• Jarron McAllister and Yeonjung Park— 3rd place in Anatomy & Physiology
In Chemistry Lab, the team completed one or more laboratory tasks and answered questions about periodicity and oxidation/reduction.
In Disease Detectives, students used investigative skills in the scientific study of disease, injury, health, and disability in populations or groups of people with a focus on food borne illness.
In Forensics, students were given a scenario and possible suspects then performed a series of tests to solve a crime.
Write it /Do it involved one student writing a description of an object and how to build it, and the other student (alone) attempted to construct the object from this description. The team that built the object closest to the original and has properly written instructions is declared the winner.
The Anatomy and Physiology competition focused on the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, excretory and digestive systems.
The focus of each event changes ever year, Lotfi said. There are 24 events but C-A did not participate in all of them this year due to complications including conflicts with other school activities. With limited participation,, C-A did not place in the top two overall teams which go on to state competition.
But the team members were excited about performing well under the circumstances, including a short preparation time, Lotfi said.
Other students also scored medals up to eighth place.