Olympics are not just for athletes.
It was held last weekend at Colorado State University.
So how did our guys and girls do?
Here are 2 reports. The first — from parent Danielle Teplica — sets the scene:
It was a fantastic experience — a deep and extreme immersion into a much higher level of science competition than they had yet been able to fathom, let alone experience.
They had the chance to feel what it’s like to respect awesome competition, and perform their best against it. It was a non-stop, fast-paced 4 days, packed with parades and pageantry, bright lights, loud music, big arenas, learning how to run from one event to another across a university campus, high altitude, little sleep and lots of science.
Plus live tarantulas, turkey costumes, CalTech professors — a lot to take in.
The team bus arrived at BMS Monday around 2 a.m. None of them had napped on the plane or bus. They were still excited by what they’d just done.
What had they done? Read this report, from parent chaperone Trudie Gubitz:
They performed exceptionally well. The team brought home 2 medals: 6th place for Mystery Architecture, and 1st place for Rollercoaster! In the 34 years of Nationals competition, no Connecticut team had won a gold.
Overall, Bedford finished 25th out of 60 teams — the highest ever for a team from our state. That’s a wonderful achievement — especially because BMS had competed at nationals only once before (in 2015). Most of the top 20 teams are regulars.
For me, the most inspiring thing was the team’s cohesion. These kids have worked, built and studied for this event for almost a year. Over this time they have created a bond that is hard to describe in words.
They laugh and play while working to a common goal. They support each other when things do not go as planned, celebrate each other’s successes, and pick each other up from disappointments.
Fifteen children competed in the 23 diverse events: Microbe Mission, Hovercraft, Dynamic Planet and Road Scholar, to name a few.
Another 9 students and their parents also formed part of the team as alternates, showing enormous support.
The support extended further to BMS alumni, who came from Staples to help during preparations. One was even there at 2 a.m. to cheer the returning team bus.
The children had a wonderful time. That speaks to the amazing guidance provided by the 3 teachers who support this program: Arthur Ellis, Dr. Daniel Cortright and Kathryn Nicholas.
Thanks too to all the Westporters who donated to help get the team to Colorado (and back).
Now get some sleep.
And then get ready for next year!