Coast High School Academy Encourages Science Through Local Competitions

In March, students at Simon Youth Coast High School Academy in Huntington Beach, California participated in Physics Day at Knott’s Berry Farm. A group of 7 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) students spent the entire day working together to formulate solutions and solve problems involving different physics principles.

The day included a variety of different activities including conversion and Fermi puzzles, a paper airplane contest, and a paper tower building contest. The most popular activity, however, was the 2nd annual Build Your Own Rollercoaster Contest.

This is the first year that our Coast High School Academy students have participated in the Physics Day competitions, but the results do not reflect that at all! This team of student physicists took home both first and second place prizes for the Best Overall Paper Roller Coaster.


Additionally, the team participated in the Solar Cup, the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. Check out our recap of last year’s event here:

The Coast team did extremely well with this contest, winning 4 different awards. The team claimed first place in three different South County Region categories: Endurance Race, Outreach Project and Technical Reports. They also took home the Bart Bezyack Sportsmanship Award.

Overall, the team took 3rd place among 39 other California high schools, an accomplishment to be extremely proud of.

We are so proud of all of our students who are finding ways to learn, both inside and outside of the classroom. Congratulations to our Coast High School Academy students who found great success in both the Knott’s Berry Farm Physics Day and Solar Cup science competitions!


Below is a slideshow of the participants.



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