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LMS Science Olympiad Teams Perform Well at Regional Competition

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad teams! Both teams performed exceptionally well at the regional competition held at Lindenwood University over the weekend. The Competition team took first place by a landslide and will be moving on to the state finals in Fulton, Missouri, in early April.

This is Ladue Middle School’s 27th consecutive year making it to the state finals!

 

High School Students Worm Their Way to Sustainability

A group of nine high school students have made it to the Finals portion of the LEXUS EcoChallenge! This competition is a national STEM competition for grades 6-12. Student teams are encouraged to tackle environmental issues that affect their communities and create practical solutions while competing for a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. This is the first year students from our high school have entered the challenge.

The students’ project centers around feeding styrofoam waste to mealworms, critters that can safely digest the refuse. The two teacher sponsors are Monica Bowman and Katie Kane, and the students include: juniors Antonio Amore Rojas, Alice Breternitz, Faith Deddens, Carolyn Duncan, Eleanor Duncan and Megan Ross; and sophomores Abigail Bernstein, Cindy Wang and Christopher Ye.

In Monica Bowman’s science classroom, nestled behind bundles of yarn, are twelve 8-oz. cylinders, each filled with mealworms and superworms happily munching away at bits of styrofoam.”The yarn keeps them warm,” junior Alice Breternitz said, smiling.

“The interesting part of this project, for me, is the creative problem-solving as a group,” Alice said. “We found a problem—styrofoam that’s just thrown away after it’s used—and then we needed an out-of-the-box solution, something that would be sustainable. We learned that mealworms eat styrofoam, and that led to more research about how to make this work for our school.”

The students collected styrofoam from around the high school and began experimenting. They soon found that a group of superworms can eat 1 to 1.5 containers filled about 3/4 of the way with styrofoam each week.

“The part that impresses me most is that the students found this interesting idea, and it motivated them to try it out for themselves,” Katie said. “These students threw themselves into this project using their enthusiasm and critical thinking skills to figure out how they could make this a sustainable process for our school.”

Sustainability is key to this project, so the students are not only working on breaking down the styrofoam. They are also experimenting with using the feces of the worms as compost. And when the mealworms eventually turn into beetles, they will be used as food for the reptiles living in science classrooms.

“We would like to start collecting styrofoam from the middle school and the elementary schools, too, so that we can
make an impact at the district level,” Alice said.

For the Finals, the students’ project submission is due on March 5, 2018. To learn more about the Lexus Eco Challenge, please visit http://lexus.scholastic.com.

Senior Julia Wang Named Top 300 Scholar in Regeneron Science Competition

Ladue Horton Watkins High School recent alumna Julia Wang has been named a top 300 Scholar in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. More than 1,800 students entered the competition this year. Julia graduated in December 2017.

Julia’s project for the competition centered around the idea of improving health tracking devices—giving them more capabilities than they currently offer. These devices can measure heart rate continuously, but not blood pressure. For her project, Julia spent about a year working in Dr. Lan Yang’s lab at Washington University developing a sensor that could detect pulse shape and body temperature for a continuous period.

Fourth Grade Robotics Teams Excel at Regional FIRST Lego League Competition

Nine fourth grade robotics teams from all four elementary schools in the district competed in the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Competition on Nov. 12 and 13 at Brittany Woods Middle School. One team from Reed, one team from Spoede and one team from Old Bonhomme will be moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship Event at St. Louis Community College on Jan. 13, 2018.

Congratulations to Reed team “Water Bots”, Spoede team “Nasty & Necessary #7” and Old Bonhomme team “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” for this accomplishment. Other teams were awarded, as well. The “Brain Waves” team won the Project Award for their innovative ideas and presentation skills. The “Tidal Waves” and the “Nasty and Necessary #7” teams won the Core Values award for their team-work and gracious professionalism, and the “Water Bots” and the “Boom-Shaka-Lake-Ahs” each won the Champion’s Award, which means they did great work in all three categories. Both Spoede teams were awarded Monsanto Fund grants to participate in the event.

The project was led by teachers Karen Engelkenjohn, Tammy MacLean, Kathie Dolan and Lindsay Lombardo. Congratulations goes out to all the teams, parent helpers and teacher coaches for their hard work. Best of luck to all the teams moving on to the Eastern Missouri Championship in January!

Julia Wang Announced Regional Finalist in 2017 Siemens Competition

Senior Julia Wang was selected as a finalist in the 2017-2018 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. One of 101 finalists, Julia has a chance to compete for $100,000 in scholarship money.

These regional finalists were picked from an exceptional group of 491 semifinalists​ who were chosen from the pool of more than 1860 projects submitted this year. The 101 regional finalists will now advance to the next round of the competition – the Regional Finals. All regional finalists receive at least $1,000 in scholarship money while the 1st place individuals and teams from these regional competitions win $3,000 and $6,000, respectively.

The Regional finalists will compete in one of six regional competitions virtually hosted over three consecutive weekends in November at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Nov. 3-4); University of Notre Dame (Nov. 3-4); The University of Texas at Austin (Nov. 10-11); California Institute of Technology (Nov. 10-11); and Georgia Institute of Technology (Nov. 17-18); and Carnegie Mellon University (Nov. 17-18).

Winners of the regional events will advance to the National Finals to be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5, 2017, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including the two top prizes of $100,000 and one of the most prestigious science honors awarded to high school students in the country today.

In a change from previous years, this year’s national finalist prize structure​​ will be: first place – $100,000, second place – $50,000, all other finalists – $25,000, elevating the minimum prize level in recognition of the overall high quality of research represented by national finalists.

LHWHS Students Graduate from 2017 STARS Program

This year, five Ladue Horton Watkins High School students graduated from the 2017 STARS Program (Students and Teachers as Research Scientists), a six-week precollegiate research program held over the summer!

About 95 students from area schools worked with more than 60 local scientists from fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology. The program runs six weeks and offers high school students an opportunity to gain some undergraduate-level research experience.

Over the course of the program, the five Ladue Schools students synthesized their work into research papers. The papers include:

LMS Science Olympiad Team Takes 14th at National Tournament

Congratulations to the LMS Science Olympiad team for their performance at the National Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Out of the top teams from around the country, they placed 14th in the nation!

Four events medaled:

1st place Microbe Mission: Christopher Ye and Cindy Wang
1st place Road Scholars: William Pan and Daniel Xu
3rd place Ecology: Steven Jiang & Ashna Chali
6th place Hovercraft: Eric Yin and Lucy Yue

High School Science Olympiad Team Makes History

On Sunday, May 21, the high school science olympiad team made history at the national competition at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  The previous top finish at the national competition was many years ago, when the team finished in 17th place.  This year, the team finished in 11th!

These students put in countless hours of hard work and dedication. They finished in the top six (and were called up on stage) in six different events as well as the one trial event! Patrick Naughton and Kevin Jiang performed spectacularly in optics and finished first in the nation in that event!

Below is a list of all the students who participated.

Ladue Schools Students Excel at St. Louis Science Fair

The Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair has released the results from their competition, and the Ladue School District’s students have performed beautifully!

LMS won one red ribbon; Old Bonhomme won four blue ribbons and one red ribbon; Spoede won six blue ribbons and one green ribbon; Reed won five blue ribbons, six red ribbons and 11 green ribbons.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated!

Eighth Grade Science Bowl Team Takes Fourth Nationally

Congratulations to the 8th grade Science Bowl team, who placed 4th in the nation in Washington D.C. this weekend! This marks the third year in a row the middle school team has ranked in the top 10 in the country. Their 4th place ranking is a new record for both LMS and the state of Missouri!

The team also took fourth place in Cyber challenge (a second competition that they go into not know exactly what they would have to do). The students were awarded $1000 in prize money for the LMS Science Bowl program!

Team members included: Harry Chen (8), Eric Yin (8), William Pan (7), Stephen Jiang (8) and Jason Ding (8).

“Way to represent, gentlemen!” Coach Martin Long said. “I am going to miss the weekly practices with these five great kids!”