Catlin Gabel sent two finalists this year to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held the week of May 11 in Los Angeles. Both Nikhil Murthy ’17 and Valerie Ding ’15 came home with awards.
Valerie Ding won four awards:
1. 4th Place Grand Award in Physics & Astronomy
2. 3rd Place Internationally & 1st Place Nationally (USA), SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics
3. Top 6 Nationally, from American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society
4. New American University Provost Scholarship, Arizona State University (awarded to 22 projects nationally).
Nikhil Murthy won 2nd Place Grand Award in the category of Chemistry.
Congratulations, Nikhil and Valerie!
Catlin Gabel's CommuniCare Club strives to enable youth in the Portland area to expand and increase their opportunities in education. This year, they made grants to LifeWorks, Minds Matter, New Avenues for Youth, Shadow Project, and SMART.
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation established the CommuniCare program in 1998 to help teens learn about philanthropy and the needs of their community through grant making.
The Flaming Chickens won the Chairman's Award at the Pacific Northwest District Championships, just as they had done at the Oregon State District competition. They will compete in St. Louis against the best teams in the world. Only three other teams from Oregon qualified for the world championships. The Chairman's Award recognizes the team that has done the most to increase the appreciation and expansion of STEM education in their communities. The Chairman's Award team of sophomores Iris Ellenberg and Jacob Bendicksen, and freshman Robin Attey did a fabulous job of presenting.
Daniel is one of three Oregonians and one of fewer that 200 students nationwide to make it to this level of competition. He placed in the 98th percentile—worldwide—of 9th grade students who took the qualifying test. All the best on your next set of exams, Daniel.
Catlin’s robotics team, the Flaming Chickens, won the Chairman’s Award at the Oregon State University district competition. This most prestigious honor is given to the team that "best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST,” the nonprofit that organizes the competitions.
Teams that win the Chairman’s Award run the best engineering outreach programs in the world, and the Flaming Chickens are no different. They run three offseason competitions each year in the Catlin Gabel gym, demo their robots at events around Portland, and give back to the community through projects like ScumBot, which is funded by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant. They also contribute to the community – high school members coach Middle School LEGO robotics teams, and they’ll be showcasing their program at Spring Festival on May 4.
Pacific Northwest District Championship
Thursday, April 10 — Saturday, April 12
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free
Come cheer on the Flaming Chickens as they compete against 64 teams for a spot at the World Championships in St. Louis. The prime time to come is Saturday at 1:15 p.m. for the final rounds. If you come, be sure to check out the pit area in the basement where teams feverishly repair their robots between matches.
See schedules and live streaming links at http://oregonfirst.org/events/pnw-frc-championship/
Game animation video (sorry about the advertising at the start -- it's worth the wait)
Six CG students presented their science research at the invitation-only Northwest Science Expo at PSU: seniors Nick Petty and Kristin Qian; junior Valerie Ding; sophomores Nic Bergen and Anirudh Jain; and freshman Nikhil Murthy,
Nikhil placed 1st in chemistry and received the Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society. Nikhil's project was chosen to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Valerie placed 1st in physics and astronomy, won Best of Fair, and these awards: Outstanding Geoscience Award from the Association of Women Geoscientists; Outstanding Applied Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society; Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from Iota Sigma Pi; the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry; the Sustainable Development Award from the Ricoh Corporation, and an OSU Engineering College scholarship. She qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair at an earlier competition.
Anirudh placed 2nd in chemistry and received the Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the Office of Naval Research, US Navy and Marine Corps
The Upper School Science Olympiad team took home four gold, one silver, and five bronze medals! Congratulations to seniors Katie Zechnich, Dina Zaslovsky, Erin Wynne, Jonathan Yau, Lewis Fitzgerald-Holland juniors Valerie Ding, Forrest Kwong, Brendan Edelson, Eric Wang; sophomore Iman Wahle; and freshmen Maria Chang and Adolfo Apolloni.
The Middle School team earned four gold, six silver, and four bronze medals in 23 events. Congratulations to 6th grader Jimmy Maslen; 7th graders Alexander Yu, Andrei Stoica, Arman Asgharzadeh, Avi Gupta, Harry Popowich, Matt Leungpathomaram, Nicholas Springer, Noor Wahle, Robbie McMonies, Spencer Shoemaker, Sydney Nagy, Tyler Nguyen; and 8th graders Sarah Daniels and Roy Stracovsky.
Eric and Nikhil are members of 11-person Bethany team Batteries in Black, which won top honors at the FTC West Super-Regional Championships in California. Eric is team co-captain. They will fly to St. Louis for the world championships April 23–26. The team is a Washington County 4-H team composed of students from five high schools. Last year, they placed second at the World Championships. Best of luck to Batteries in Black!
A team of four Upper School students took 3rd place out of 20 teams in the 28th annual statewide computer programming contest sponsored by the Technology Association of Oregon Foundation and hosted by Willamette University. Bravo to sophomores Evë Maquelin and Gregor Peach, and juniors Kellie Takahashi and Y Yen Gallup. Working together, they successfully wrote eight challenging programs during the five-hour contest. This year's problems involved such topics as detecting possible collusion among Olympic judges and planning for an asteroid rover based on tomographic sensor data.
Thank you, volunteers, donors and guests! We'll have final numbers soon.
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Trips abroad are designed one year in advance. Students and adult trip leaders work together for more than four months to prepare for their travels. You can travel vicariously through their websites and blogs.
Middle School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links
France | March 12–24
Katie Gunderson, Len Carr, Chris Bell
Upper School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links
All 7 students competing at regional science fair win awards, 6 advance to next level of competition.
- Junior Valerie Ding –1st in physics and astronomy; Best of Fair
- Sophomore Anirudh Jain –1st in chemistry
- Senior Kristin Qian – 1st in medicine and health
- Junior Nic Bergen – 2nd in behavioral and social Science
- Freshman Nikhil Murthy – 2nd in chemistry
- Senior Nick Petty – 2nd in medicine and health
- Senior Mckenzie Spooner – 2nd in environmental analysis and effects; regional Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Valerie, Anirudh, Kristin, Nic, Nikhil, and Nick will compete at the Northwest Science Expo on April 4.
Valerie will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angles in May.