Area High School Students Win MidPAST Science Challenge
Penn State Beaver and NOVA Chemicals, Inc. recently co-hosted the 13th Annual Midwestern Pennsylvania Association of Science Teachers (MidPAST) Science Challenge on campus. Thirty-two students from eight area high schools participated: Ambridge, Blackhawk, Hopewell, New Brighton, Quaker Valley, Riverside, South Side, and Western Beaver.
The program allows the students to participate in a unique laboratory competition. Each team of two students must test its laboratory skills against other teams. All teams were required to complete two experiments in chemistry, two in physics, and two in biology within a three-hour time frame. Highest score recipients received U.S. Savings Bonds and their teacher-coaches received gift cards.
First Place - Mark Stepanian and Travis Dillan, Blackhawk High School
Coach – Mrs. Kim Baker
Second Place - Adam Mihalcin and Garrett Sieger, Blackhawk High School
Coach – Mrs. Kim Baker)
Third Place - Bess Ruzich and Jason Palevsky, Quaker Valley High School
Coach – Mrs. Patti Colangelo
Beaver campus faculty who implemented the program were Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry; Leo Takahashi, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology, and Jay Means, lab technician.
For information about the Science Challenge, contact Hay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3876.