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Science Team

The purpose of our team is to further the education of team members in STEM subjects, to represent Granada Hills Charter High School in the National Science Competitions and to instill an enthusiasm for learning. We cultivate a disciplined work ethic and forge a strong team effort, where members learn to communicate effectively, work to achieve a common goal and form lifelong friendships. We want to use science and engineering to engage students in helping their community. We have several programs within science team and we are continuously looking for new members throughout the year. See Mrs. Chipps in C7 for more information.

Science Bowl
Science Bowl is a buzzer style competition that emphasizes the invaluable skills of teamwork while challenging students to expand their scientific knowledge. It encompasses the subject areas of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy, and Energy, from which members of team choose a certain area(s) that they study in depth. In addition to learning ways to effectively communicate and work with those on their team, competitors develop the ability to self-study topics and build solid foundations of knowledge for their futures.

Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad consists of around 23 Test and Build event competitions designed to challenge students interested in science. For each individual event, pairs of competitors are given detailed resources to focus their studies and builds on. This gives students on the team the opportunity to specialize in a diverse set of topics and skills such as anatomy & physiology, astronomy, and helicopter building. In addition to learning these elaborate and complex topics in science, the importance of teamwork and cooperation is equally as emphasized.

BRITE Program
The BRITE Program provides an opportunity for students of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn about the techniques and applications of biotechnology. With a curriculum that includes everything from introductory activities to comprehensive end-of-the-year experiments, students will develop crucial biotech skills such as micropipetting, DNA extraction, and gel electrophoresis analysis. Join us in C7 on Thursdays to learn more!

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are teams of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. As a new branch of Science Team under coaches Ms. Jeannie Chipps and Ms. Ellen Reavey, the Granada Hills Charter High School InvenTeam, consisting of 16 students, received an InvenTeam Grant of $10,000 from the Lemelson-MIT Program to fund the creation of their proposed device, the System of Electromagnetically Assisted Locking (SEAL). After years of watching their trash cans blow over due to the heavy wind in their community, the students were inspired to create a device that keeps trash can lids locked in the event that the bin falls over, preventing trash from escaping and polluting local ecosystems. With the support of community leaders and city officials, the GHC InvenTeam hopes to do their part in helping the environment.