The new STEAM Committee, led by Science Department Chair Michele Harrison, continues to provide new opportunities to expose, engage, and encourage Oldfields students to pursue careers in the STEAM field. Their most recent adventure took four students, Kasey Michlowitz '20, Laura Yang '20, Yaqing Pi '20, and Ariella Beals '20 to Washington, DC, to compete in the "Go For Launch" contest sponsored by Higher Orbit. Higher Orbit is a non-profit with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); along with leadership, teamwork, and communication through the use of spaceflight.
Over the course of three days, "Team Persephone" had to define and design a space experiment that was presented to a panel of science judges One of the judges was astronaut Don Thomas! Their space experiment was titled, "Regeneration of Botrylloides Leachii (Tunicates) in Microgravity."
Guess what? They won! Next they move on to the division finals which occur online over the next two weeks with seven other teams. If they win there, their experiment will be launched and conducted on the International Space Station!
Wow! Way to go girls – we can't wait to see what happens next!