Science News
Back by Popular Demand - Live from the Sun Workshop

K-12 Teachers from across the Eastern Shore are invited to the Parkside Planetarium on Saturday, September 16 for another of the Maryland Science Center's Live from the Sun Workshop.  This workshop has sold out quickly on two previous engagements at Parkside, so don't wait to add this to your calendar.  Participants receive breakfast, lunch, a $100 stipend, and classroom resources.  Visit the following link for more information and registration:

Wicomico County STEM Finals!

The School Champions from our grade 3-8 STEM Competition will face off on Wednesday, May 24 for the STEM Finals.  The competition will be held in the James M. Bennett High School gymnasium.  Doors open at 5:30, and the competition kicks off at 6:00.  Awards ceremony immediately follows.

New Green Schools Announced

On April 21, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) announced that four Wicomico County Schools have been certified as Green Schools

From MAEOE's website:
"The Maryland Green Schools program provides a framework for creating sustainable environmental structures at school, home and in the community. The Maryland Green Schools program has encouraged children to become stewards of Maryland’s environmental resources,” says Laura Johnson Collard, MAEOE Executive Director. Students are involved in projects that save energy and reduce waste. We encourage teachers use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.

Our new Green Schools are listed below.  Visit their websites to learn about what each school did to earn this distinction:
Fruitland Primary School: FPS's Green School Website
Willards Elementary School: WES's Green School Website
Parkside High School: PHS's Green School Website
James M. Bennett High School: JMB's Green School Website

Parkside's "Trashion" Show:

JMB Teachers learn about sustainability at the Ward Museum:
JMB Ward

PHS Envirothon Places 2nd at Regional, Heading to States!

The NCF-Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition.  In Maryland, schools compete at the regional level to earn the privilege of attending and competing at the State and National levels.  The Maryland Eastern Region Envirothon was held on April 11, and Wicomico County was represented by a team from Parkside, advised by Science Teacher Ms. Brittany Wilson.  The team did extremely well, finishing in second place overall and earning a spot at the state Envirothon, which will be held June 15-16 at Camp Pecometh.  In addition to the 2nd place Overall finish, the Parkside Team won 1st place in the Soils, Forestry, and Wildlife categories.

The team is composed of: Abubaker Ahmed, Ellie Beck, Natalie Kirwan, Madison McLaren, and Ellen Wittmyer

Congratulations to Ms. Wilson and the Envirothon Team, and good luck at the State Envirothon!


JMB STEM Team Competes at Maryland Science Olympiad

The Maryland Science Olympiad was held on April 8th at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Wicomico County was represented by a team from James M. Bennett High School, advised by Science Teacher, Ms. Audrey Moshfeghian.  The entire team worked diligently through the school year to prepare for the Olympiad, and several groups of students placed in their events.

Invasive Species – 7th Place

Savannah Scott & Michael Avanessian

Electric Vehicles – 3rd Place

Chris Avanessian & Banuja Munasinghe

Wind Power – 2nd Place

Chris Avanessian & Rebecca Lassey

Congratulations to the JMB STEM for their accomplishments in this year's Science Olympiad!