Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Saturday’s snow didn’t stop 45 teams of junior and senior high school women from nearby towns and cities, along with a team from Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley High School. They spent the morning competing in Bedford High School’s 15th annual Women of Science scholarship competition. Wellesley High School took top honors, Bedford came in second (and fourth!) with Newton South capturing third place.
With support from Millipore Sigma, Thermo Fisher Scientific, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the Bedford Education Association the young women competed in four science and engineering events involving knowledge based in the areas of biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, math, and physics.
One of Delaware Valley’s coaches said that his team has been coming to Bedford for more than five years because there is no similar event in northeastern Pennsylvania that encourages young women to enter science-related fields.
The day’s events were varied, culminating in a “build event” where teams created catapults to launch marshmallows across ‘hedges’ and, with hope, into cups for extra points.
Science, Engineering, and Technology program administrator Michael Griffin and BHS teachers Liana Heldman, and Michelle Pietrangelo ran the program this year. Women of Science’s website says, “We are hoping the day will celebrate women in science and spawn interest in science-related fields. In addition to the competition, we are inviting a variety of professionals in the science and technology fields to have lunch with the participants to discuss the many opportunities that there are for women.”