Upcoming Science Symposium
by Rachael Allen on Friday, April 26th, 2013
As senior projects rapidly approach and commencement nears, Advanced Science and Independent Research Science students will converge tonight for the third annual Science Symposium.
The Science Symposium is a chance for all Advanced Science students to display their DYOs, end of the year labs that they designed themselves. Many science students are familiar with the DYO–the brainstorming for an interesting idea, the long hours in the lab, and finally the submission of the report. The Symposium offers advanced science students a chance to elaborate and share their work with their peers, family, and teachers.
Teachers, students, relatives, and non-Milton friends are all invited to the Symposium. According to the science department, it’s a great opportunity for these families and friends to be involved with the students’ work at Milton, particularly after hearing so much about the DYO process. The Symposium also allows rising advanced science students a chance to experience what their classes, teachers, and lab work will look like next year. From talking with current students in the advanced courses, juniors, sophomores, and freshman can gain insight on how to navigate advanced classes and can gain an understanding of the variety of innovative DYOs for their future science careers.
Eric Menna (II), a student in Mr. Tyler’s Advanced Chemistry class, is studying how different temperatures of water affect the current of a photovoltaic cell. Eric feels that DYOs in advanced science classes really allow students to go outside their comfort zone, whereas DYOs of regular science courses usually revolve around material the course already covered. “It’s an opportunity for kids to be creative, but still have a big learning curve,” he says.
DJ WuWong (I) and Dan Kim (I), both students in Dr. Eyster’s Advanced Biology class, will also display their DYOs at the Symposium. DJ is experimenting with slime mold, which is sensitive to light in nature, to see if white and blue lights inhibit its growth. Dan is testing how the length of time that seeds are pre-chilled in water and maintained at a cold temperature affects their rate of growth.
With the school year slowly coming to a close, the Symposium offers all Milton students an opportunity to finish the year strong and to get a glimpse of what next year’s science courses will have to offer.
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