Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO)

For the second year in a row, middle schoolers at Westport Academy attended the Baltimore City Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO) Tournament with the support of their coaches, LET’S GO staff and their Charm City Science League (CCSL) Mentors. Six middle schoolers from Westport Academy competed in 6 events. Sisters Ziaysia and Kicia Gunn won first place in their division for Disease Detectives event while Davonte Adams and Quanye Johnson received 2nd place in the Towers competition.

Maryland Science Olympiad is a “hands-on” K-12 science program including rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments. Tournament events vary between life science, earth and space science, chemistry, physics, technology, and inquiry. Students enjoyed learning about the various activities, Quanye Johnson said, “It was fun. I learned how to build a tower.”

The students started meeting back in October and have been preparing for the Baltimore City tournament, focusing on the events that interested them. Kicia Gunn said, “I learned to like different things related to science. My favorite was Write-It Do-It because I could challenge my partner. It was like a fun game.”

The day of the tournament was very windy and many of the teams had a difficult time getting their projects to competition unharmed by the wind. In the transport, the tower that Quanye and Davonte had worked months on was damaged and the tower event was first event scheduled! With delicate work and some help from their mentor from Charm City Science League, they were able to fix their tower in time for the competition and even went on to win 2nd place in their division!

The Westport coaches also noticed social skills that the students were able to build as well, “This program influences and develops their social skills.” The students were constantly working together during practice, Lawanda Green, an 8th grade teacher at Westport said, “The team building really helped them. They are more willing to try new things.”

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