Written by Judy Epstein Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00
Saturday, March 6 was not a school day – but you could be excused for thinking so, as C. P. Weber Middle School hummed with hundreds of middle-schoolers and their coaches, helpers, and mascots. Weber was hosting 43 teams, representing 29 Long Island schools, in the daylong Division B Regional Competition of the 2010 Science Olympiad.
From one end of the building to the other, boys and girls were taking tests, firing catapults, loading down model bridges to the breaking point, flying airplanes and helicopters, operating hand-built model cars and solving (theoretical) crimes. Excitement ran especially high for the final round of “Sumo-bots” in Weber’s auditorium, as kids cheered their teams’ remote-controlled robots doing battle on the stage. And when the day was out, a packed auditorium rang with screams, cheers, and applause as more than 100 medals and trophies were awarded for 20 different events.
When the dust had cleared and the final scores were tallied, Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School finished with teams in 1st and 7th place! That means Weber is definitely sending a team to the state competition this spring. Congratulations to Coaches Jack Grande and Chris Buchman, to Principal Marilyn Rodahan and, especially, to all the hard-working contestants and their families.