Grant provides growing Science Olympiad teams with tools, supplies

Large group of students with adults stand in front of white pick up truck
Members and coaches of Goshen’s Science Olympiad teams pose with Lowe’s of Middletown’s store managers Paul Cherubino and Victoria Reyes. Students worked together to unload the teams’ new tools and materials provided by the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program.

On October 17, the members of Goshen’s Science Olympiad teams spent some time together after school – but instead of practicing for one of their upcoming tournaments, they worked together to unload thousands of dollars worth of new tools and supplies.

Goshen Science Olympiad was awarded $2,240 from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program, to purchase variety of tools and materials. The grant was written over several months by the Goshen Science Olympiad Organization (GSOO) parent volunteer group, and submitted last school year.

Students pass tools to each other as they stand shoulder to shoulder.
The Science Olympiad team members made an assembly line to unload their new tools and supplies.

“Team enrollment has grown over the past few years, and the members of GSOO began researching grants to help fund the supplies needed to accommodate additional members,” said GSOO Board Secretary Elena Barnes. “After researching the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, we realized that our mission and needs aligned well with the grant criteria and thought it could be a good fit.”

Prior to the grant award, students were using tools and supplies loaned by parents and the district’s technology department. Now, the teams have their own quality precision tools and materials, including drills, drill bits, screwdrivers, hammers, chisels, dremels, table saw, multi-meters, levels, clamps, miter box and a storage cabinet. Team members will use their new tools to prepare for events and competitions; for instance, to design, build and test a free flight rubber-powered monoplane to achieve maximum time aloft, or a vehicle that uses mousetraps to propel it forward, reverse and to stop at a target point.

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Team members work together to carry a new storage cabinet to hold their new tools.

“Science Olympiad is a creative and competitive forum for students to collaborate in a number of disciplines including biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, physical science, astronomy, anthropology, engineering, medicine, computers, and technology,” said Barnes. “We’re excited to use these new tools while we continue encouraging our members’ interest in STEM-related subjects.”

For more information about the grant, visit www.toolboxforeducation.com.

About Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by students. These goals are achieved by participating in academic interscholastic tournaments, which consist of 25 events students prepare for during the year.

Goshen has two Science Olympiad teams: The Senior Team, made up of students in grades 912, and the Junior Team, made up of students in grades 6-8. The team is coached by Becky DenDanto and assistant coaches Laura Muller, Chirstina Pahucki and Warren Young, with the assistance of numerous parent volunteers. Learn more about Science Olympiad by visiting their website.