The Clinton High School Science Club began as an “experiment” and has grown “exponentially.”
This impressive group of students and teachers has been an asset to the high school for the past three years. The CHS Science Club promises to inspire high school students to reach their full potentials in science providing them with access to exciting, authentic hands-on laboratory activities, enthusiastic science mentors, and a supportive environment that encourages their intellectual development.
Within this club, students gain experience while working with the scientific method, planning, experimenting, and observing today’s complex world. Active members pursue career and technical training and college opportunities information by meeting role models in the professional science community.
Formed in the 2013-2014 school year, the club began with 17 members. During this trial year, the students participated in the Regional Science Olympiad and placed 4th out of 18 schools. The North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a non-profit organization that brings all students who are interested in STEM careers in North Carolina together to compete in several events in different subjects, such as biology and chemistry.
The following year, the CHS Science Club’s population grew to a total of 42 members. Again, the members competed at the Regional Science Olympiad, placing 3rd out of 21 schools and also advancing to compete at the State level. This school year, the club has an astounding 72 members, making it the 2nd largest club at Clinton High.
In the past years and continuing through this school year, the students have completed several Earth Day events, such as a recycling program for all of Clinton High School. Started by recently-graduated Aaron Viser, Clinton High now supplies every classroom with a recycling bin to collect scrap paper, water bottles, and other recyclable goods. The bins are collected every other week by students in various school clubs.
The CHS Science Club has traveled to the NC Science Museum and hopes to travel to the Cape Fear River Watch this school year. A substantial focus of the club is to promote student participation in the local Science Fair. All Clinton High students involved in science classes must complete a research project to be compared with others in each class. The winners of the local fair will advance to the Regional level, and then to the State.
Students have attended the State level NC Science and Engineering Fair for the past two years. Lindy Bustabad, the vice-president of the club in the current school year, won 2nd place over-all in the Senior Chemistry Division at the Regional NCSEF (North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair) last school year at UNC-Wilmington. Because of her achievement in the regional level, she went to the state level and won a special award.
The CHS Science Club members are important advocates for promoting participation and excitement during the research and development stages of the fairs. The Science Club is expecting to complete a coastal cleanup day in the coming months. Also, the club will be participating in the annual Jingle Mingle Market, selling plant terrariums and home-grown and potted kitchen herbs in order to raise funds for upcoming activities and events.
The 2015-2016 school year for the CHS Science Club is predicted to be extremely bright, and with the astounding number of current members, the potential of the club is endless.