Science Alliance offers socialization while pursuing independent projects


Maren Ostrem

Seniors Lily Nestor and Gemma Yoo, and 9th grader Sophie Cullen discuss Science Olympiad plans.

Science Alliance helped senior Lily Nestor, one of four co-presidents, to dig a little deeper into her passions and to find people who share with them with her.

I had always known that I liked astronomy, but doing it as an event gave me a reason to spend time and start exploring it… In the past, I’ve had conversations with people ranging from an astrophysicist working on solar power to engineering students with a lot of college advice,” Nestor said.

The club provides plenty of time for students to work on their own individual projects while socializing.

Doing [astronomy] as an event gave me a reason to spend time and start exploring it.”

— Lily Nestor

“Science Olympiad requires everyone to choose different topics of focus, so there’s always a fun mixture of building events or testing events or lab events being studied during each meeting,” Nestor explained.

Although students focus on their own topic of exploration, they are exposed to many fields of science as their peers focus on separate topics.

Science Alliance has maintained their first place position in the state amongst small schools in the Science Olympiad for two years in a row and Nestor hopes the streak will continue.

Nestor believes Science Alliance is a perfect chance for exploration and low stakes learning: “I would recommend the club to anyone interested in science as a potential major or career choice. It can allow you to test out different sciences without high stakes involved.”

Science Alliance meets every X-period devoted to clubs in the Design lab and is open to everyone.