The Westport Academy Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO) team showed off their knowledge and skills at the 2019 afterschool MSO Scrimmage hosted by Johns Hopkins University. After receiving a tour of the campus where they learned about all the different STEM opportunities and majors the college offers, eight teammates put their best efforts forward in four different competition events. In this unique opportunity, students participated in a mock tournament with seven other participating schools in order to prepare for the Baltimore City Regionals on Saturday, March 9 at Morgan State University.
The events were timed, ran and judged as they will be at the official tournament. In the Density Lab, students were tested on their knowledge of mass, density, concentration, pressure and buoyancy, and judged on their mathematical skills as well.
Meanwhile, others competed in a similarly formatted event, Potions & Poisons, which rigorously tested them on chemical properties and effects of toxic and therapeutic substances. The students’ hard work during practices helped them earn third place in Potions & Poisons!
Other events that the team competed in were Mystery Architecture and Experimental Design, where they collaborated in pairs to design and carry out experiments and practice their engineering minds. Westport also placed 3rd in the Mystery Architecture event!
The scrimmage offered the students—new and returning members of MSO—a great experience of understanding what the Baltimore City Regional Tournament on March 9 will be like. With a good idea of what to practice and study before the tournament, the students are gearing up to be a strong MSO force!