On Saturday, February 25, 2023, Norwood's STEM and robotics teams were busy making things happen! Two all-girls STEM teams competed in the 12th annual STEM Challenge at Foxcroft School, while two robotics teams were competing at the FIRST LEGO League's State Championship at UMBC. 
Seven middle school girls, representing two Norwood teams, traveled to Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, to participate in the 12th annual STEM Challenge. One team won first place in the most difficult of five events: solving a physics problem devised by a biomedical engineering firm. The other team placed second and third in the biology and physics problems and placed second in overall standings. The students were coached by middle school science teacher Annette Matzner.

On the same day, Norwood’s Green Hawks and White Hawks robotics teams participated in the state championship held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on February 25. Both teams qualified for the championship at the FIRST LEGO League regional competition on February 11. The Green Hawks team, consisting of seventh and eighth graders, is one of four teams selected to advance to the national competition being held at the University of Arkansas in May. The White Hawks team, made up of sixth and seventh graders, were the winners of the Innovation Project category. This award is given to the team that best utilizes diverse resources to “help them gain a comprehensive understanding of the problem they identified, developed a creative, well-researched solution, and effectively communicated their findings to the judges and the community.” The teams competed against more than 60 of the best robotics teams in the state of Maryland. They are coached by Juan Ramirez, Jose Melendez, and Arya Shafie from the Technology Department as well as middle school science teacher Casey Kunkel.

Congratulations to all!
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.