An Mt. Airy 8th grader will see a design she created become the banner image for a statewide science competition and campaign, Carroll County Public Schools announced in a statement Wednesday.
Piper Stankiewicz utilized the Maryland flag, a crab, and science icons to make a logo that was deemed good enough to win the Maryland Science Olympiad design contest, beating out students from more than 50 schools who participated. The Mt. Airy Middle Schooler’s design will be showcased on Maryland Science Olympiad T-shirts.
The Science Olympiad is a statewide initiative to improve the quality of science education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The hope is to increase an interest in science, creating technologically-literate workers and recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding students and teachers.
Students participate in teams in Science Olympiad tournaments and noncompetitive events across a range of science, technology, engineering, and math fields and topics. Classroom curriculum training for teachers is also available through the campaign.
“We’re absolutely proud of her and excited for our Science Olympiad team to go and compete," said Mt. Airy Middle School Principal Sharon Lilly, who is generally a fan of efforts like the Science Olympiad. "It definitely adds fun to learning and makes it real when students take what they learn in the classroom and are able to find ways to apply it outside of it, especially when it’s in a competitive environment where they're using their knowledge to show how they can be successful."