Middle School students earn recognition in national science competition

Jason Lian and Andrew Zhang of Iroquois Middle School and Brian Sun of Van Antwerp Middle School were recognized as top 300 finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science competition. They were coached by Iroquois Middle School science teacher Kate Leto.

Their project, What Is the Best Way To Optimize a Catapult?, also earned second place in the 2022 Junior Division at the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair and a finalist spot at the STANYS State Science Congress.

The students said they wanted to focus on a physics and engineering problem and identified a catapult as the perfect subject. Their project aimed to design the ideal catapult and explored concepts like energy conservation and kinematics. Their hard work propelled them to top spots in the national science fair competition, where a panel of scientists, engineers and educators selected their project from among thousands.

The students are already brainstorming topics for their next science fair project and are considering focusing on cars’ aerodynamics.

Congratulations to Jason, Andrew, Brian and their teacher Kate Leto!