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The science of teamwork

Greenfield students to compete in regional science quiz tournament

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Science bowl team members India Holmes, Nathan Provost, Sammy Marsden, Christian LaPlante and Jackson Morgan at the MAth and Sccience Academy.

Recorder/Paul Franz Science bowl team members India Holmes, Nathan Provost, Sammy Marsden, Christian LaPlante and Jackson Morgan at the MAth and Sccience Academy.

GREENFIELD — Armed with science and math knowledge and lightning-fast fingers, five Greenfield students will head to Nashua, N.H., this Saturday to take part in a regional quiz competition.

Sixteen teams of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from 11 schools — including Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy — will compete in a regional tournament of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl. The winning team will move on to the national finals, held in Washington, D.C., in late April.

Heather Evans, coordinator and teacher at the Math and Science Academy and coach of Greenfield’s team, has led the after-school “Science Quiz Bowl” program for the past three years. But this is the first year the school will compete in a regional competition, she said.

The team includes four eighth-graders — India Holmes, Christian LaPlante, Sammy Marsden and Jackson Morgan — who all graduated from the Math and Science Academy last year, and return to the school for weekly after-school practices. Nathan Provost, a sixth-grader, rounds out the school’s team.

During the competition, schools will compete against one another in a “buzzer-style” tournament, where students try to be the first to answer a question correctly. Some of the questions — which deal with math and science topics — are answered by a single student, while others are deliberated on by the entire team.

A sample question: Which of the following are the highest of the clouds in the troposphere and are composed entirely of ice crystals? A) stratus B) cirrus C) cumulus D) altocumulus. (The answer is B).

Evans said that she has been excited to see her team’s dedication, especially from the eighth-grade veterans who continued competing this year after moving on to the 8th Grade Academy.

“The idea is that it will enthuse students to continue their studies in science,” she said. “Hopefully they will have a lot of fun and it will inspire them to go on.”

The school’s quiz bowl team is made up of about a dozen students. Students who did not compete in this tournament will still get to test their skills during an in-school competition later this month.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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