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Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2018

from the I/ITSEC website.

Gavin McGabe, Kai Vylet, and Jacob Rice, students of York High School, represented GSST at I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida. They had the opportunity to present their project “Robustness of Domestic Flight Schedules”.

Congratulations Gavin, Kai and Jacob.

GSST Quiz Bowl Team

The GSST Quiz Bowl team of Jenny Gu (Tabb HS), James Harrington (Warwick HS), Lewis McAllister (Menchville HS), Rachel McNamara (Tabb HS), Kate Perkins (Warwick HS), and Jakob Weiss (Lafayette HS) travelled to the PACE National Scholastic Championship June 2nd – 3rd.  The team was just formed this year. The first quiz bowl match GSST attended was the MVGS Open at the Mountain Vista Governor’s School. The team took a lot of lessons from that competition, as for many, it was the first quiz bowl they had attended in that format. A few weeks later, New Horizons competed in William & Mary’s second annual James Blair bowl. The team won second place at that event, with 3 members earning awards as top 10 scorers. It has been an honor to compete this year.  The team has been hard at work practicing for the upcoming championship.  They would especially like to thank their coach Dr. Woo, the York Foundation for Public Education, Lafayette High School, and Newport News Public Schools for making this all possible.

Students invited to speak at Association of Energy Engineers

Xuan Nguyen (Hampton City Schools) and Matthew Carter (Gloucester County Public Schools) were invited to speak recently before the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) at their monthly meeting in Williamsburg.  As part of Senior mentorship experience, and sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at Old Dominion University, Xuan and Matt have been performing research forecasting the trajectories of advanced energy efficiency technologies aboard ships for a local company.  Researchers with the company who were members of the AEE found the results so intriguing and compelling, they asked the students to present their work at their monthly meeting.  The students were guided in their research by their teacher-mentor, Steven R. Walk, whose research career has included the use of quantitative methods to model the growth and diffusion of technology and technological change.

Code Quest 2018

Code Quest is a high school international programming competition that takes place once a year. Lockheed Martin’s computer programmers and engineers sponsor this competition by creating 15-20 problems and hosting this event at many of its locations.
Students must use their problem solving and programming skills within a 2.5 hour time frame to get as many questions correct as possible! This annual event is used to challenge and inspire our future generation of engineers and programmers!

On Saturday, April 21st GSST juniors Byunghyun Yoon, Wan-Ching Tseng, Elisabeth Seguin, and Emery Shelly in the Computational Science strand competed in the 2018 Code Quest Competition. The competition was held in Suffolk, VA at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation.

Emery Shelly placed 3rd in the novice category! Congratulations to our students on their achievements and dedication to STEM academics!

Virginia Math League

The Virginia Math League offers high schools students the opportunity to compete in 6 monthly contests throughout the school year.  The contests are comprised of of 6 questions covering topics from algebra, geometry, precalculus, probability and statistics, and number theory.  Students across the entire country participate in Math League contests.

This year, 19 students from the Governor’s School participated in the math league:

Tabb High School Participants:

Kasandra Aulenbach    Ryan Bagalkotker       Erin Cox                          Pablo Fernandez

Jenny Gu                          Sarah Lee                      Ryan Lenfant                  Alyssa Lowe

Rachel McNamara        Eunice Namkoong      Taekhoon Oh                 Taekwan Oh

CJ Omweg                       Manav Sheth                Noelle Simpson             Yifan Wang

Lillian Way

Grafton High School Participants:

Yooh Oh

York High School Participants:

Kai Vylet

Three of our students, Jenny Gu, Taekhoon (Jack) Oh, and Taekhwan (James) Oh, were recognized for being among the highest-scoring students in the state.  Additionally, The Governor’s School was recognized as one of the top scoring teams in the state.


Congratulations to all these students who contributed to the success of the Governor’s School Virginia Math League team this year!


FRC Team 122 Participates in two Regional Competitions!

In early January, FRC Team 122 was faced with the challenge to design, fabricate, test, redesign and program a robot in 6 weeks to participate in the FIRST challenge – Power UP.
During the weekend of March 2nd, the students and mentors traveled to Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA to participate in the FIRST Chesapeake District Northern Virginia Event. It was an event filled with ups and downs but the team learned many valuable lessons at this competition.
This past weekend, the students and mentors traveled to Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA to participate in the FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Event. After qualification matches, the team found themselves in 9th place. The 4th seeded alliance selected Team 122 as their 1st alliance partner. The team went on to win in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The team is extremely proud of their success!
The NASA Knights appreciate the financial support from NASA Langley Research Center.
The team is hopeful that they’ll have an opportunity to participate at the Regional Championships at the University of Maryland in a few weeks.

Pascal’s principle

In Dr. Bedir’s Computational Physics class, students were introduced to the principal concepts and methods of fluid mechanics. Having learned about Pascal’s principle, the students are making a siphon and observing how a connected liquid in hydrostatic equilibrium rises to the same height in all open regions of the container