Window on the Classroom
Dock students excel at PJAS Science Fair
Three Dock students competed in the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Souderton High School on Saturday, February 18. Both junior Sophia Breslin and sophomore Sydney Breslin received 1st place awards (below, left), with Sophia earning a perfect score. Junior Sunny Sui (below, right) was awarded 2nd place.
In addition, junior Laura Olsen will be competing in the Montgomery County Science Research Competition at Ursinus College on Wednesday, March 8.
Both Sophia and Sydney will go on to compete in the state-wide Science Fair competition at Penn State in May. Congratulations to all three girls and good luck to Sophia, Sydney and Laura! Click here to learn more about their projects.
Students participate in Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Two teams of Dock student mathematicians competed recently in the Moody's Mega Math Challenge. Students analyzed five coastal national parks to determine the effects of climate change on each. For the first part of the project, the team had to determine which park would be in the most danger of sea levels rising. To determine this, they used a mathematical model that measured the components leading to increases in sea level. A second exercise evaluated the likelihood and severity of different climate change events on each national park, resulting in a “vulnerability” score based on the susceptibility of each park to climate change. Finally, the team had to advise the National Park Service about where to make investments in the parks based on the effects of climate change and visitor statistics. The model had to incorporate both elements of the process and result in the name of the national park requiring the greatest financial investment.
Congratulations to these math students for their participation in this prestigious competition:
Team 1: Jason Landis, Megan Swintosky, Tommy Mu, Sunny Sui, Matt Schmidt
Team 2: Sammy DiLoreto, Brian Anderson, Rebecca Xiao, Yilan Guo, Livia Anderson