They raised questions, hypothesized, tested and made winning designs, earning prizes at the Yeshiva Science Olympiad on March 6. This year’s venue was Touro College’s Lander College for Men, welcoming students into its lab classrooms.
“It’s important for the Orthodox community to contribute to science for the betterment of the world. We welcome these talented young men and women on our campus,” said Dean Dr. Moshe Sokol.
Comprising of 12 events, the contest covers a wide aspect of science including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and applications of engineering and technology. Local participating yeshivas include DRS Yeshiva High School of Boys; North Shore Hebrew Academy High School; SKA High School for Girls; YU High School for Girls; and Yeshivah of Flatbush.
Carefully lifting their balsa wood, participants in the Towers Competition tested how much weight their models would hold using a bucket of sand. “The appearance of the tower is up to them. We measure the efficiency in holding the weight,” said engineer Allen Krieger who was judging the contest. As the National Science Olympiad is held on a Saturday, local yeshivas have their own contest on the following day. “It’s a lot of nights up until two in the morning. We learned trigonometry with the angles, but it’s also trial and error,” 11th grader Gabby Segal said, who attends the YU High School for Girls. She poured on the sand as her partner Emily Kaye held the bucket.
The winning tower came from NSHA, designed by Arielle Fisher and Jake Mor, who also spent long nights perfecting the design. “We didn’t expect it to hold 15 kilograms. You’re not just memorizing things, you’re learning by doing,” Fisher said.