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The World Maker Faire 2016 takes place at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd from 10 AM to 6 PM. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
You can be a part of Maker Faire for free if you volunteer to help them out. Sign up for the Maker Faire Traveler Program. Register for either Saturday or Sunday. Choose a convenient shift. Let them know what skills you have or what jobs you might like to do for them. When they ask if you have a group affiliation be sure to tell them you are from Midwood High School.
Extra credit will be awarded with the proper documentation, of course. After you sign up for a shift that works for you, forward your Eventbright email ticket to email@example.com. While you are there working, have someone take pictures of you doing something active — something that would look good on our website. Email me a couple of the best ones at your earliest convenience. If you see me there on Saturday, say "Hi".
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…
|Raquel Hosein wins 10 Under 20 award from the NYC Economic Development Corporation|
|Hillary Syeda wins gold, Sandra Lin silver at 2015 National ACT‑SO|
|Midwood shows strong in the first year of Teptu|
|Midwood’s Ocean Science Team navigates to a top ten finish at National Ocean Sciences Bowl|
|Midwood Science receives 20 awards and over $5,000 in prize money at the 2016 NYC ACT‑SO|
|Researchers Dominate Brooklyn College Science Day|
|Researchers Compete at ISEF|
|Sophomore Researchers Take Spotlight|
|Midwood Science students contribute over 250 hours to the 2016 World Science Festival|
And the winners are…
Effect of Calcium on Hatch Rates of Brine Shrimp
Alice Mo & Md Hoque
The Buzz about Honey: Testing the reliability of honey labels from DNA
The Truth Behind the Vitamin C Concentration in Homemade and Brand Name Juices
Vitamin C Concentration in Orange Juices
Noran Abo-Donia & Saba Iqbal
Is your cereal genetically modified?
The Fizzy Chemistry of Bath Bombs
Jessie Zheng & Jennifer Duong
The Buzz about Honey: Determining the Botanical Origins of Honey Using DNA Barcode
Aloe Vera Preservation
The Effect of Magnetic Fields on Water Flow
Testing the Effectiveness of Natural Antifungal Agents vs. Drugstore Antifungal Agents
The Effect of Temperature and Direct vs. Refracted Light on a Solar Cell’s Ability to Absorb Voltage
What’s in a Face? Are Composite Faces More Attractive than Real Faces?
Hafsa Fatima & Naila Mirza
The Verification of a Non-Genetically Modified Protein Bar
Elizabeth Joseph & Sarah Elmosbah
To Be or Tu-Nah To Be
Lisa Lu & Beien Lin
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.
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.
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.
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."
You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. It’s time for exit meetings.
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.
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."
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.
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.
|Mr. Elert (Coordinator)||A214||elert@||midwoodscience.org||2141|
|Mr. McDonnell (Principal)||127||mmcdonn2@||schools.nyc.gov||1270|
|Mr. Rosenfeld (Assistant Principal)||A200||trosenf@||schools.nyc.gov||2003|