After placing first at the Connecticut Science Olympiad, Wiltonian Emma Bucklan and 14 other Hopkins School students are going on to represent Connecticut at the 31st annual Science Olympiad National Tournament at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., in May.
The March 28 state competition at the University of Connecticut in Storrs involved a series of different STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) events, said Emma.
“There were teams of 15 people and two or three people worked on different events at a time. Each event was unique and involved building, taking tests or doing lab experiments,” she said.
“For example, one of the experiments I did was called ‘Scrambler’ and I had to see how close I could get an egg to a wall using a particular contraption.”
Emma said Hopkins students are given the option to sign up to participate in the Science Olympiad at the beginning of the school year, but signing up doesn’t mean a guaranteed spot.
“There were about 80 people who signed up this year and we had to go through a whole application process where we said what events we were interested in, what other clubs we’re doing and we had to solve sample problems,” said Emma.
At the end of the application process, 60 students were selected to form four teams, said Emma.
“From those applications, four different teams were formed — the lowest is like the alternate team and then you have the C team, the B team and the A team,” said Emma.
“Each team is 15 people and then the rest get cut. It’s pretty intense, but everybody is very qualified on all teams.”