Mich., Thursday, March 13, 2014—Students
in South Canton Scholars Charter Academy’s Science Olympiad will compete in
regionals on Saturday, March 15, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Each student on the fifteen member
team will work on three fields of science ranging from chemistry to mechanical
engineering. Eighth-grade student Amaan Rahman is looking forward to the opportunity
to compete in his events which include building a self-propelled wheeled
vehicle, studying a solar system, and studying anatomy.
“I received two awards at my first
tournament and it was incredibly exciting!” Rahman said. “I work on my science
events in a small team of two, but each of the 23 events counts toward our total
Science Olympiad school standing so you really feel the team spirit.”
This is Rahman’s second year
participating in Science Olympiad, which is team oriented, but he also
challenges himself individually by participating in South Canton’s MATHCOUNTS team
as well. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school competitive mathematics
“MATHCOUNTS makes me think numerically
at a completely different level versus my regular math class. The homework can
sometimes be time-consuming given the amount of other school work I have, but
overall it has been a good experience the last two years,” he said.
Parent volunteer coach Surjeet Gill
said the goal of the program is to create awareness about mathematics and teach
students to apply what they have learned to solve challenging problems and at
the same time develop independent thinking.
“It has been very eye-opening for
students to participate in competitions like MATHCOUNTS,” Gill said. “I want
students to succeed, grow, and achieve above and beyond by learning these
Rahman is not the only student
participating in both after school clubs; four other students are challenging
themselves in both fields of study as well. With so much interest in science
and math, it’s no wonder Rahman has a lot of ideas about what career path he
“My grandpa was
a surgeon so medicine looks interesting. I like studying foreign languages and
traveling. I love public speaking and enjoy making presentations. I am also
really into sports. I play competitive soccer and I am a certified soccer
referee, so sport’s business is also interesting to me,” said Rahman.
South Canton Scholars Charter Academy
is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through