Josey Chan has been volunteering for a local Middle School in Charlotte, NC for the science-based team Piedmont IB Middle School Science Olympiad. Since September 2016, she has been serving as a "coach" for the event of Meteorology. She was initially asked by a family member to help volunteer but got very involved with the program.
From Josey: "Not only do the children learn the material in their events, but they learn many life skills. They learned to work together as a team to research the material and how to use the material in day-to-day life. They learn the stress of making sure they meet homework and project deadlines as well. They learned to problem solve together, working on their strengths, and answering the questions during competitions. They also learn from their failures in their many competitions they go through during the year. They usually have at least six "practice" competitions before the regional, state, and national tournament. My group did not place in the top 10 in two competitions, but this drives us to do better the next time. Overall, I teach them to have fun while learning because we are all in it together as a team. The beauty of science is that it is always changing: scientific theories can be proven and disproven every day. At the end, the students make many friendships that can last them a lifetime."
The Middle School team was the 2017 North Carolina State Champions, and made it to the National Tournament. The Meteorology group won 5th place out of 60 teams, and the school placed 7th overall in the nation. The National tournament brings in teams from all 50 states of the United States and includes one team from Japan.
About Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-based program, engaging children in all levels to explore and learn science. School teams are formed to compete in many competitions throughout the school year. Many sponsors contribute to Science Olympiad, with such sponsors like the CDC, branches of the U.S Military, NASA, Lockheed Martin, DuPont, and the NOAA. Science Olympiad offers many events for students to learn, such as Ecology and Water Quality. For more information, visit www.soinc.org.
Josey Chan has a 12 year history in the wastewater treatment technology industry and is enjoying her 3.5 years working for Huber Technology, and is now serving as Inside Sales Engineer. Huber Technology serves the municipal and industrial wastewater treatment market with high quality liquid-solid separation technology. [www.huber-technology.com]
SOURCE: Huber Technology, Inc.