After winning the Panhellenic Student Natural Science Competition, three AFS General High School students will represent Greece at the 18th European Science Olympiad - EUSO 2020, which will take place in the Czech Republic from 13 to 19 September.
Juniors Konstantinos Markopoulos, Konstantina Agapitou and Thanos Syntrivanis – under the guidance of teachers Manolis Pediotakis (Physics), Eleni Giannou (Chemistry) and Antonia Kotoula (Biology) - got the highest score in the final phase of the Panhellenic Competition, which took place earlier this year in Thessaloniki.
All three students are very excited and are looking forward to participating in the European Competition. They say they took advantage of the School's lab infrastructure, performed numerous experiments, read a lot and their hard work was acknowledged. The General High School holds a leading position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, which serves as a transition from the traditional teacher-central teaching model to exploratory-learning teaching. Students work together in groups to solve problems through projects using the scientific method (observation, hypothesis, experiment, theory, law). With this approach, students acquire skills, cultivate their personal capabilities and develop their critical thinking. Apart from theory learning, they also experience in practice what is taught in the classroom, a comparative advantage offered by the American Farm School educational program.
The General High School provides two extra hours per week for Physics, Chemistry and Biology for the first and second year students during the school year. The teachers who prepared the students for the Panhellenic Competition, and continue to do so in view of the European Championship, feel truly proud, underlining the fact that this is yet another proof that experiential education is effectively applied at all levels of the AFS education.