This past weekend, a team of young aspiring scientists from William Floyd Middle School (WFMS) competed at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Middle School Science Bowl and Lithium-ion Battery-powered Model Car Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team, in competition against 19 other teams from 12 other Long Island school districts, won a first-place trophy in their academic division and a second-place trophy in the Lithium-car timed trials.
The academic team, led by Ms. Mary Nappi, an eighth-grade Regents Living Environment teacher and team head coach, competed in a Jeopardy-style tournament about mathematics and the sciences – physical, general, earth, life, energy and space. For their efforts they received the top award in their division. Additionally, under the direction of WFMS technology teacher John Rumpler, students designed, constructed and raced their eventual second-place lithium car.
“These competitions demonstrate that science can be fun,” said Ms. Nappi. “Aligned with our district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiative, students gain invaluable experience which will help them throughout high school and into college. Our hope at William Floyd is to inspire our younger students to become future scientists, engineers and mathematicians who will tackle the world’s problems.”