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Students Rise to Challenge During Annual Science Cup

Whittier Union physics students put their scientific knowledge to the test, performing a series of challenges during the third annual District Science Cup, which saw Whittier High take home the winner’s cup.

Nearly 100 competitors locked horns on March 6 to compete in challenges that included racing an electric boat, constructing a water filtration system and creating a Rube Goldberg machine. The event concluded with the Science Bowl.

Whittier High emerged as the overall champion, Santa Fe High finished in second place and Pioneer High took third place.

“Every year I am amazed at how creative our students are, and how well they work together to find solutions. It doesn’t always go as planned, but the whole point is to learn from your mistakes and store that knowledge for the next challenge,” Pioneer High physics teacher Matt Murray said. “It’s a friendly competition. Our kids are motivated to win, but they also have a lot of fun.”

Whittier High emerged as champion in the electric boat race (Cal High came in second and Pioneer third) and the Rube Goldberg machine (Santa Fe came in second and La Serna third). Pioneer took first place in the water filtration challenge (Cal came in second and Whittier third) and Santa Fe High won the Science Bowl.

Published April 29, 2020