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7 things Midwood Science students did this year (and 2 things they did last summer)

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by for Everyone.

So much happens at Midwood Science, it’s hard to find the time to write press releases. Now that the school year is nearly over, it’s time to catch up. In this first installment…

Standard pose at an award cermony. Everyone in a line holding an award. Raquel Hosein wins 10 Under 20 award from the NYC Economic Development Corporation

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

2 Midwood students holding an ACT-SO banner. One in the background. Hillary Syeda wins gold, Sandra Lin silver at 2015 National ACT‑SO

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

All the Midwood finalists at Teptu standing in front of logo filled backdrop. Midwood shows strong in the first year of Teptu

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood’s Ocean Science Team navigates to a top ten finish at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 by for Ocean Science.

NAACP NYC ACT-SO Outstanding School of the Year Award. Midwood Science receives 20 awards and over $5,000 in prize money at the 2016 NYC ACT‑SO

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The 4 award winners. Researchers Dominate Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016 by for Brooklyn College, Media.

Team NYC standing in front of desert plants in preparation for the ISEF judging day Researchers Compete at ISEF

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for ISEF, Media.

One of the competition rooms full of students Sophomore Researchers Take Spotlight

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Media, Science Fair.

5 Midwood students in WSF volunteer tee shirts posing for a selfie Midwood Science students contribute over 250 hours to the 2016 World Science Festival

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Everyone.

2016 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016 by for Awards, Science Fair.

And the winners are…

1st Place

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Calvin Huynh
Effect of Calcium on Hatch Rates of Brine Shrimp
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Alice Mo & Md Hoque
The Buzz about Honey: Testing the reliability of honey labels from DNA

2nd Place

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Katie Nikishina
The Truth Behind the Vitamin C Concentration in Homemade and Brand Name Juices
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Shawal Malik
Vitamin C Concentration in Orange Juices
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Noran Abo-Donia & Saba Iqbal
Is your cereal genetically modified?

3rd Place

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Christina Ng
The Fizzy Chemistry of Bath Bombs
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Jessie Zheng & Jennifer Duong
The Buzz about Honey: Determining the Botanical Origins of Honey Using DNA Barcode

Honorable Mention

Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Savlatjon Rahmatulloev
Aloe Vera Preservation
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Amy Leong
The Effect of Magnetic Fields on Water Flow
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Renata Sakaeva
Testing the Effectiveness of Natural Antifungal Agents vs. Drugstore Antifungal Agents
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Benjamin Nguyen
The Effect of Temperature and Direct vs. Refracted Light on a Solar Cell’s Ability to Absorb Voltage
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Hebah Jihad
What’s in a Face? Are Composite Faces More Attractive than Real Faces?
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Hafsa Fatima & Naila Mirza
The Verification of a Non-Genetically Modified Protein Bar
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Elizabeth Joseph & Sarah Elmosbah
To Be or Tu-Nah To Be
Traditional photo of the award winner holding their trophy standing in front of their poster board
Lisa Lu & Beien Lin
Phantom Sensations

Researchers Compete at ISEF

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for ISEF, Media.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) winners were announced on May 12 and 13. Urooj Ansari ’16 and Bilal Azhar ’16, along with 14 other high school seniors, represented New York in this international competition.

The competition is split into several categories of science. Some categories include Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Materials science and many more.

Ansari competed in Microbiology, while Azhar competed in Physics. Ansari and Azhar both got into the competition by winning the ISEF award in NYCSEF on April 1.

“The competition was a lot of fun. It required a lot of work, but the experience was worth it,” said Azhar.

Within each category, awards are given to first, second third and fourth place. In addition, “special awards” are given to competitors for specific criteria.

Ultimately, the Grand Prize is a special award given to the best presenter. Awards are given through judging.

Group photo in front of desert plants

Students are encouraged to prepare/design their posters with creativity and depth, and present with emphasis and clarity.

The specific rubric can be found on the Intel ISEF website. Mr. Glenn Elert, one of the Midwood Research teachers, said, “A lot of the science competitions have awards that are basically invites to other competitions.”

Students get individual awards; however, each competitor is part of a team representing a state/country. Virginia, New York, Canada, and even Japan competed in ISEF on May 12-17 in Phoenix, Arizona.

New York won several awards in a variety of categories. Ultimately, Canada has won the Grand Prize, The Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000.

“ISEF is a lot of work, a lot of fun, and a lot of eating. We spent most of the time figuring out where we will eat,” said Elert.

The first place award was given to the project that developed a better microbial fuel cell that creates electricity effectively.

Ansari’s project focused on a “chemical warfare” between two oral bacteria. Azhar focused on the energy conversion in two different types of magnets used in solid state refrigeration.

Written by Michael Grandel (Class of 2017).
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of Argus.

Midwood Science students contribute over 250 volunteer hours to the 2016 World Science Festival

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Everyone.


Sophomore Researchers Take Spotlight

Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2016 by for Media, Science Fair.

From projects on honey and bees to acid rain and corrosion, the science fair covered a wide range of topics and food. Mr. Glenn Elert coordinates the science fair each year, along with help from Ms. Stacy Goldstein and Ms. Shaniece Mosley.

According to Mr. Elert, he has been coordinating the science fair for about eight years, but Midwood itself has been holding the science fair ever since the school opened.

"The fair is a really exciting event," said Mr. Elert. "There’s a lot of energy and it’s a really great thing to experience, especially since some of the alumni come back."

Sophomore research students had to present their projects while the junior and senior research students were the judges. According to Mr. Elert, the judges score the presenters in different categories, then tally up the scores. Afterwards, Ms. Mosley and Ms. Goldstein look at all the scores on a spreadsheet since the presenters are seen by multiple judges, and decide on first, second and third place, along with honorable mentions. Winners will be decided in June after the scores are calculated.

Photo of one of the presentation rooms with presenters and judges
Presenters and judges at work.

Junior judge Mahmoud Abouelkheir ’17, reminisced about when he was a presenter and compared his presenting experience with his judging experience.

"It’s definitely a new experience from being in that presenter position last year to judging this year," said Abouelkheir. "It’s exciting but at the same time I’d prefer not to do it because I don’t like to be critical, especially to these students that worked so hard on their projects."

Abouelkheir said that he prefers presenting over judging because he feels he can better express himself in presenting instead of judging.

Other junior judge Zenab Jamil ’17, shared Abouelkheir’s excitement over judging, but would rather judge than present.

"It feels kind of nostalgic judging these projects because I was in their position last year," said Jamil. "I would definitely much rather judge though. It’s a lot less pressure and a lot less intimidating."

Senior judge Laila Akallal ’16, has already had her experience with presenting and judging, preferring the former.

"It’s really nice to see how the projects differ from year to year and see everyone come together," said Akallal. "Personally I like presenting a little more because I love sharing what I’ve learned and presenting is gonna be something that you’ll have to do later on in life as well."

The judges knew how stressed and worried the presenters were, so they tried to make it as smooth as possible. Abby Beginyazova ’18, is one of the many presenters and praised the judges for making the whole event comfortable for them and as easy as possible.

"Ms. Mosley and the judges really helped to make things easier for us. We had three weeks and I feel like that was a really short time since the first week was all AP tests," said Beginyazova. "Ms. Mosley and the judges gave us leeway because they knew how stressed we all were and how hard we all worked."

Beginyazova also said that she wished she had more time to work on the project so she could’ve done more trials, but she feels confident in her ability and her project.

Presenter Jessica Rakhamim ’18, shared Beginyazova’s appreciation of the judges and how they made the event as smooth as possible and the presenters comfortable.

"My partner and I worked on the project together. She’s a very artistic person and we described the project in a way that showed that music can be applied to science, and I think the judges made it a lot easier to do that," said Rakhamim. "For our project, we had to present our topic and discuss our data and show how it applied to real life. The judges asked questions that were simple and valid enough. Everyone was really nice."

After presenting, students were offered a variety of food, including  sandwiches, snacks and a multitude of sodas to reward them for their hard work. Elizabeth Skapley ’17, was gracious of the fact that the faculty had ordered food for everyone involved in the science fair.

"I think it’s a really nice thing that the school did to help. There were maybe more than a hundred of us and so much food. I’m surprised there were leftovers," said Skapley. "After a long day, it felt good to sit down with my friends and talk about what projects we liked the most. Overall, I’m happy with the results."

Written by Kaelah Blanchette and Yumna Ahmed (Class of 2017).
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of Argus.

Exit Meetings

Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2016 by for Juniors, Seniors.

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. It’s time for exit meetings.

juniors

  • All juniors will meet with their supervising teacher this week. Mr. Elert is available periods 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10. Juniors have priority on Monday. Seniors have priority on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ms. Mosley is available period 9. She will give you instructions on what day to show up.
  • Check the "grades" spreadsheet NOW. Check it for errors or omissions. Pay close attention to World Science Festival entries. To receive credit you need to email me a copy of your itinerary and a photo of yourself at the Festival (one photo per day of work). This spreadsheet will be made non-public Monday morning so that actual grades may be added (actual grades as opposed to attendance records).
  • Bring your lab log with you. This is your last opportunity to receive class credit for lab work done in January, February, March, April, or May.
  • Campus Road exit in the main buildingSummer MetroCards will be arranged for students that need them. Have your mentor contact me stating that you will be working with them over the summer and that a MetroCard is needed. MetroCards will be available in the first or second week of July and will expire sometime around August 15. Students are responsible for their own transportation expenses outside of this date range. Details will follow in future emails.

seniors

  • All seniors will meet with me this week. He is available periods 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10. Seniors have priority on Tuesday and Wednesday. Juniors have priority on Monday.
  • Check the "grades" spreadsheet NOW. Check it for errors or omissions. Pay close attention to World Science Festival entries. To receive credit you need to email me a copy of your itinerary and a photo of yourself at the Festival (one photo per day of work).
  • Bring your service sheet to the meeting. Bring it even if is blank.
  • Bring your drawer key with you. Losing a drawer key is the same as losing a textbook. You will not be allowed to attend graduation if you fail to settle any school accounts.

I would like to thank all upperclassmen for judging the Midwood Science Fair. Your work was done quickly and efficiently. Awards will be announced sometime this week. I look forward to seeing the seniors come back next year as alumni judges.

2016 Science Fair Abstract Book

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by for Science Fair.

2010 abstract book   2016 abstract book   2013 abstract book
2011 abstract book 2014 abstract book
2012 abstract book 2015 abstract book

Researchers Dominate Brooklyn College Science Day

Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2016 by for Brooklyn College, Media.

Brooklyn College was buzzing with scientists from all over the city on Friday, May 6 for the annual Brooklyn College Science Day. However,  researchers from Midwood claimed all the awards in the high school division.

The competition kicked off at 9am, when students arrived to check-in and set up their posters. This was followed by a two hour judging period from 10am to noon. After a short lunch, awards were given out to the best presenters and their projects at 1pm.   

"I’m very proud of the students that won," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Senior Research Coordinator. "Everyone earned their awards through hard work and brains."

Kai Saunders ’16 and Noor Asif ’17 took home the first place honors. Urooj Ansari ’16 was awarded second place, and Roshan Chudry ’16  came in third place.

"I feel grateful to win again," said Saunders. "I feel more confident about my work and how much I can make an impact."

Award winner group photo
Kai Saunders, Noor Asif, Urooj Ansari, Roshan Chudry

Saunders has been on something of a hot streak lately claiming victories in all 5 of the research competitions this year. She was awarded with the equivalent of about $900 in awards and prizes from previous competitions, and she has earned a spot at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program nationals.

"Honestly, I pray before every single competition I have," continued Saunders. "I repeat Matthew 19:26 in my head constantly throughout each competition, and it really boosts my confidence."

Asif’s first place finish is also impressive especially considering this is the first time she presented her project at an official competition. She is also the first and only junior to enter a research competition this year.

"When they were announcing the names for the high school winners, I definitely did not expect to win. Even when they said that the first place award went to someone from my professor’s, Dr. Grasso,  psychology lab, I assumed it was my friend," said Asif. " It felt so unreal when they called my name because as I said, I honestly didn’t expect any position, much less first place."

Like Saunders, Ansari has also strung together a series of victories.

"It felt great to win. My lab mates were in the audience and an undergrad from my lab also won. Sharing the moment with them made it much more special," she said. "We all spent countless hours in lab together and we were able to see our efforts pay off together."

Ansari also earned herself a coveted spot in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. This came after her first place finish at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.

Large group photo
Brooklyn College Science Day — Friday, May 6, 2016

I was able to meet individuals my age who were just as passionate about STEM. Many of them were already CEOs of their own companies and were headed to prestigious colleges in the near future," said Ansari. "Being among such individuals was an honor. To this day, I find it hard to believe that I was selected to be one of the 15 students selected out of the 700 projects entered. It was an inspiring experience overall and has motivated me to work harder."

Last but not least, Roshan Chudry claimed her first award of the year on Friday.

"This is the first time I’ve won in research," said Chudry. "I was extra shocked at first, but then I was elated. I’m grateful and more motivated in my future endeavors in research."

This is the third straight year that the Midwood Science Research program was able to win every award at the high school level at Brooklyn College Science Day.

"We had the stronger projects and it showed," said Elert.

Written by Daniel Guobadia (Class of 2016).
This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of Argus.

Midwood students participate in award winning ACE Mentor Program

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Team 30 from the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City won First Place and $5,000 at the CIRT-ACE Mentor National Design Competition for their New York City shoreline project, "RESILIEN-City". Midwood students William Xie, Adam Abdelhadi, and Jhecy Balansag were members of Team 30. Midwood student Leutrim Cahani was in Team 21.

Members of Team 30 posing in front of a CIRT/ACE backdrop. 2 team members holding posters describing their project on either side. Presenter Denise Calungsod standing center holding a bouquet of flowers.CIRT logo
ACE of Greater NYC/Team 30 at the CIRT-ACE Mentor National Design Competition. The presenter for Team 30 was Denise Calungsod (holding flowers) of LaGuardia High School. Source: CIRT.

The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps prepare high school students for careers in architecture, construction, and engineering through mentoring by industry professionals. ACE teams are made up of 15–30 students and 5–7 mentors from different industry disciplines. Top teams from across the US compete at the National Design Competition, which is organized and judged by the CEO members of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT). This year’s finals round was held on April 28, 2016 at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, DC.

ACE logo

ACE has grown to more than 8,000 students and 2,500 mentors in 200 cities and 40 states. The ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City has served over 5,000 students in New York and 65,000 students nationwide. 72% of ACE students are minorities and 49% are female. ACE New York has awarded $1,887,000 in scholarships to 915 program graduates. Interested students should apply over the summer or at the start of the academic year.

  • High school students, particularly from under-represented populations, are introduced to careers in the design and construction fields.
  • Teams are made up of 15–30 students and 5–7 mentors from different industry disciplines.
  • A Team Leader sets the project schedule, prepares meeting agendas and may host or arrange the meeting location.
  • At least 15 biweekly meetings are held from 4 to 6 PM during the school year.
  • Mentors present industry overviews, assign activities from ACE’s Best Practices Manual and guide the students through the development of a design project.
  • At the end of the season, students present their project just as a real design team would present to a potential client.
  • Scholarships are awarded to top students at a luncheon in May.

Screenshot of Leutrim, seated, talking to offscreen interviewer.Skanska logo
Midwood Science student Leutrim Cahani of Team 21 describes what he appreciates about the ACE Mentor program in a Skanska USA promotional video on YouTube.

Team NYC on its way to the 2016 Intel ISEF

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by for ISEF.

Team NYC paused for a photo opportunity on their way to the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) at the Phoenix Convention Center this morning. New York City’s top young scientists are ready to compete against more than 1,700 students from around the world. Midwood Science is represented by Bilal Azhar (Material Sciences) and Urooj Ansari (Microbiology) seen in the front row on the far right.

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