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Over 100 4th through 7th grade students from across the region attended the 2017 GSST Summer STEM Camp.
Students engage in biology, environmental science, chemistry, physics, and webpage design/programming classes.
Many students elect to take multiple classes. Course instruction is given by GSST students.
The near-peer experience is great for all. Learning is hands-on and students engage in activities in classrooms and outdoors.
Parent feedback was very positive regarding student experiences and many “will be back next year”. Dr. Islam Bedir and Dr. Margaret Mulvey coordinate the STEM Camp.
Video produced at Old Dominion University, featuring our own Professor Walk.
Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at James Madison University, March 2017
Thirteen GSST students presented talks at the Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at James Madison University. These students worked very hard to prepare professional quality presentations. They were asked many questions by panels of university professionals. GSST students showed that they are poised and knowledgeable about their studies.
Please congratulate the following:
Alex Culver, Smithfield HS; IOW – Gold Medal & Outstanding Presentation Awards
Kylee Hockaday, York HS, YCPS – Outstanding Presentation Award
Abbigail Menge Burton HS, YCPS – Outstanding Presentation Award
Riya Palikonda – Menchville HS, NNPS – Outstanding Presentation Award
Annie Cao, Grafton HS, YCPS
Hannah Yoon, Grafton HS, YCPS
Emily Vogt, Grafton HS, YCPS
Mira Marinova Grafton HS., YCPS
Tryston Raecke Tabb HS, YCPS
Elizabeth Horley, Jamestown HS, WJCC
Laurel Hunter, Hampton HS, HCPS
Shannon Hepp, Kecoughtan HS, HCPS
Cale Overstreet, York HS, YCPS
The Physics Olympiad is a nine-day international competition among pre-university students from more than 60 nations. At the International Physics Olympiad, the competitors are asked to solve challenging theoretical and experimental physics problems.
The US Physics Olympiad teams selects its 5 team members by asking member teachers to nominate their best and brightest students to take the Fnet Test to qualify for the team. Each year tens of thousands of students participate in the Fnet test. Annually the approximately 300 students who score the highest on the Fnet test are invited to continue in the Semi-Final test for the US Physics Olympiad team. 20 students will be selected from the semi-finalist to attend a 2 week training camp in Maryland culminating in the selection of 5 students to represent the US in the International Physics Olympiad which will be held this year in Indonesia. Jenny Gu of Tabb High School in the Engineering Physics Strand scored in the top 300 nationally and will be competing in the US Physics Olympiad Semi-Final test in early April. Good luck Jenny!
Local Innovation Expert Meets with GSST Engineering Students
GSST senior engineering and physics classes are visited by Hampton Roads industry and university engineering leaders as part of the school’s Leadership Engagement Series. GSST wants students to be aware of the latest trends in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to help them to be better informed in their education and career choices, and to more fully understand the importance and value of the engineering skills they are learning in class and lab. Marty Kaszubowski, long time technology leader in Hampton Roads and Executive Director of the Center for Enterprise Innovation at Old Dominion University, met with engineering students this month. Mr. Kaszubowski focused on ways in which engineering innovation is brought to markets and to people. He demonstrated how the entrepreneur evaluates new ideas and develops new technology into successful products and services. He explained the role, organization, and evolution of the startup company, and gave students overviews of the major kinds of business organizations and how technology is developed and managed there. Students came prepared with questions and comments and everyone engaged in a lively and creative exchange of ideas. Said Marty, ”My hope is that the students will see entrepreneurship as a viable career path that requires the same sort of creativity and problem solving skills that scientists and engineers use on a daily basis. Also, irrespective of whether they someday start their own entrepreneurial venture, if they find themselves managing multi-disciplinary projects within a larger organization, or creating an enterprise that aims to address an important social issue, I hope they’ll remember that the principles of entrepreneurship will help them see every problem as an opportunity to create value and improve the world they live in.” When asked what he found at GSST, Marty replied, “I was warned that the students would come armed with questions, comments, and opinions, and that was exactly what I found. They were bright, engaged, and ready to explore the ideas I offered up. I look forward to doing this again, and I expect to hear great things from the students as they move forward in their careers.”
Simulation and Education Conference 2016
Winnie Zhang and Julie Zhou from York County Public Schools represented the Governor’s School for Science & Technology at the Interservice/Industry Technology, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida in early December. I/ITSEC is one of the largest simulation conferences with more than 15,000 in attendance. GSST is one of only six high schools to be represented in the Future Leaders Pavilion as part of the STEM initiative.
Winnie and Julie worked throughout the summer and fall to prepare their simulation entitled “A Simulation on the Effect of a Major World War on the Population of the World”. They discussed their work and demonstrated their simulation with many visitors and other students over the duration of the conference. They gave a formal presentation of their work to the student competition. Additionally, they were able to explore and interact with the enormous range of technology on display. Winnie and Julie plan to major in computer science in college and this conference gave them an exceptional professional experience and a look into the directions that technology and simulation are heading.
The Governor’s School for Science and Technology Scientific Programming Students Win 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing The regional NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors Laurel Hunter, Hampton HS and Katie Liu, Grafton HS for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Recipients receive two engraved awards: one for her, and one for her school’s trophy case. They also receive opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences, and other educational and employment opportunities provided by NCWIT member organizations. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local award competition to generate support and visibility for young women’s participation in computing around the country. Each local award taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women interested in computing.
2017 Virginia & Washington DC Affiliate Competition Results
Laurel Hunter – Winner
Katie Liu – Runner-Up
CNU High School Math Contest is an annual mathematics competition for high school students in southeastern Virginia. The goal of the competition is to cultivate interest in good mathematics. Over 100 students representing schools from central and eastern Virginia came out to compete.
The Governor’s School for Science and Technology was represented by two teams comprising of students from Jamestown HS & Lafayette HS, in Williamsburg, James City, Grafton HS, & Tabb HS in York, Kecoughtan HS, in Hampton and Menchville HS, in Newport News. They won for 2nd overall team score, with individual prizes going to: Ben Keener for top school score outside overall winners, Stephen Shamaiengar for top score, all independent schools, and Stanislav Kuzmenko for 2nd highest score, overall.
Six students from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology attended the Student Conference of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in STEM (NCSSS). They were chaperoned by Dr. Mary Patterson. The conference was jointly hosted by the Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.
The conference included tours of the extensive laboratories of both host institutions, as well as various sites of New York City, with emphasis on innovative technology, including virtual technology.
Holy Cow! They Fly!
The engineers in the Junior Engineering Physics Class have encountered an unusual creature, the Flying Chick fil-A Cows. These are normal Chick fil-A Cows that have had so much freedom that they have mutated into a flying variety. The interest in this new variety of cows is obviously very high. NASA needs to determine the tensile strength required for flying cow leashes. These leashes will allow the cows the freedom to fly in a circular fashion and yet keep them safe from harm. NASA has asked the Junior Physics class at GSST to help with this investigation. The class has received a grant to study these cows. The grant requires hard data and a solid discussion of the physics involved. Some of the values that NASA requires include the radial velocity and acceleration, the forces on the cow and the leash. They will use what they have learned recently regarding uniform circular motion, Newton’s Second Law, and conical pendulums to further their investigation. All of the work will be presented in a lab notebook with a final report to NASA. Models for these cows were procured and studied. The results from the study of these models were compiled and sent on to the scientists at NASA to develop real leashes for the Flying Chick fil-A Cows. The class had a lot of fun as they used their knowledge of the physics of centripetal motion and Newton’s Laws. For more information on the results of the study and these phenomenal creatures please send a request to:
Dr. Rhett Woo
Project Manager – NASA Flying Cows Research Group
Lab Facility A70
GSST Junior Physics Class
520 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666