Science Bowl Team 2018

CHS BACON Club Highlights

Science Bowl Team 2018
Science Bowl team Jamie Nachbar, Stephen Newman, Clara Stelow, and Peter Manto win $500 for placing second in the state tournament. Manto is a 10th grader who found out he was on the team the night before the event.

The CHS BACON Club (Best All-around Club of Nerds), has had a busy winter full of activity,  achievements, and awards.

Most recently, the BACON Science Bowl team upset powerhouse Langley High School in the state Science Bowl tournament and finished in second place. BACON advisor Dr. Matt Shields called the victory “truly bonkers.”

“Our team went undefeated through the early brackets which landed them in the semi-finals against Langley,” said Dr. Shields,  “Already the best showing that BACON had ever had, the team was happy with what was looking like a third place medal. But they put Langley on the ropes early in the match and just kept swinging. A few brilliant moves and a hail Mary at the buzzer left Langley stunned and sent our team to the finals. Their only defeat of the day was against TJ in the final round.” (Dr. Shields happily admits that his degrees are in engineering, not sports metaphors.)

Other recent accomplishments include:

CHS Zero Robotics team competes in the final round of the international competition sponsored by NASA and MIT.
CHS Zero Robotics team competes in the final round of the international competition sponsored by NASA and MIT.

The Zero Robotics team finished individual competition first in the world (yes, the world!) and travelled to MIT in Boston for the finals. The team wrote computer code for robots on the International Space Station and, while at MIT, got to watch the robots execute the programmed maneuvers via live feed from space. Read more here.

Members of the BACON Club competing in the 2018 First Tech Challenge.
Members of the BACON Club competing in the 2018 First Tech Challenge.

The First Tech Challenge team finished second at a regional tournament in Lynchburg and has qualified for the state tournament on February 24th in Richmond.

BACON successfully launched a weather balloon approximately 100,000 feet and recovered it. See the video here. Another launch is being planned for the spring. Meanwhile, the club is going even bigger by partnering with UVA and Twiggs Space Labs to launch a satellite into space.

BACON team at the regional Science Olympiad competition where they placed 5th.
BACON team at the regional Science Olympiad competition where they placed 5th.

BACON hosted and competed in the Virginia Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, which brought about 40 schools from all over the state. BACON finished 5th in the all-day competition and qualified for states at UVA on April 14.

Testing the new Phantom 4 drone!
Testing the new Phantom 4 drone!

The latest gadgets in the Sigma Lab include a new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and a Phantom 4 drone. Don’t be surprised if you see the drone flying over CHS sometime soon. They have been testing it, and the high definition video it captures is impressive!

Members of BACON are also giving back to our Cville Schools community by participating in various outreach efforts including teaching elementary kids about robots, helping Walker Upper Elementary students with their own VR headset, and volunteering at our iSTEM Nights.