Science Students Prepare for Symposium Shine
by Ariela Buxbaum-Grice on Friday, April 24th, 2015
Today, April 24, from 5-7pm, all students enrolled in Advanced Science classes, in addition to students participating in independent Science Research courses, will convene in the Pritzker lobby to share their experiments in the fourth annual Science Symposium at Milton Academy. Most students presenting will be seniors anxiously awaiting their month of senior projects to start in May; however, some Juniors will also be presenting to family and friends of the school, all of whom are invited.
At the symposium, with the aid of posters and some demonstrations, the presenting students will showcase their end-of-year independent projects known as DYOs. DYO, or “Design/Do Your Own”, projects are the concluding element of most science courses at Milton, regardless of whether the class is an introductory class for underclassmen or an advanced class for upperclassmen. For their DYO projects, students construct their own experiments based on, but not limited to, the material covered in class and their own personal interests in a specific area of study. The project is a long-term assignment, lasting for about a month, and is a chance for students to work independently of the curriculum without heavy guidance from a teacher. Most students perform their DYO with a partner, and the project requires time outside of class.
Mark Balboni (I) is currently taking Advanced Biology and is presenting his project at this evening’s symposium. Over the past few weeks, he has worked with E. coli bacteria cultures and has tested the effect of pH on the bacteria’s colony growth. Part of his experiment involves producing a lysogenic broth: a medium rich in nutrients ideal for bacteria growth. He injected each quantity of the medium with a different amounts of citric acid, giving each treatment a wide range of pH values. He then placed a fixed amount of E. coli in each medium and observed their growth over time.
Amanda Jiao (I), also taking Advanced Biology, worked with planarian flatworms, and she tested the effect of temperature on the worms’ rate of regeneration. As Amanda says, “planaria can regrow their entire body or head from a piece of tail tissue.” For her project, she cut off the heads of the flatworms (“behind their ears because they have triangular shaped heads,” she explains) and placed the tail tissue in environments of varying temperatures, ranging from 4 to 30 degrees Celsius. She then monitored the number of days it took for their head to regenerate, which she quantified by the amount of time it took for the eyes of the flatworm to become visible.
Science students that put so much work into their Advanced Science classes, like Amanda and Mark, deserve the chance to share their experiences and findings with the community. “[The symposium is] a really great chance for Milton science students to demonstrate what they’ve learned over their time at Milton,” Jesse Conway (I) explains, because “[they have] all worked really hard on [their] labs.” The symposium is also a valuable opportunity for the Milton Science department to demonstrate its excellent curriculum and physical resources that enable students to pursue their own passions and convey their findings in a way that the general public can understand.]
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