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Juniors : Information to keep you informed

Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 by for Juniors.

I sent every junior in Science Research a long email this evening using MailChimp. If you never got it, please contact me. There are issues with some email services (namely AOL). Click the icon to the right to access a copy of the message if yours was lost or stolen.

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Senior teacher assignments

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by for Seniors.

Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley Ms. Sullivan
Muhammad Abdulla Donald Ceus Rolens Ambroise
Hussain Bokhari Cindy Chee Rosa Basevich
Michael Divgun Samantha Chee Charlynn Trish Ben
Valeriya Falkovich Vivian Cheng Aarin Chase
Mohammed Hasan Ikechukwu Egbunam Colleen Chasteau
Meghan Ng Xiao Yan Hu Dina Deng
Monique Powell Melissa Lee Jacquelyne Gilman
Yukie Wong Lucy Lin Syeda Hillary
Richard Wu Sandra Lin Shanna Huang
Raymond Yu Patrice Sanderson Zainab Iqbal
Carmine See Taulant Kastrati
  Samar Syeda* Saba Sakhi
  Wen Li Wang Emily Tung
* Starting in 3rd marking period

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Maker Faire needs volunteers

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Maker Faire has been described as carnival sideshow meets science fair, with robots, engineers, rockets, computer geekery and body paint. Imagine, you can get all that for FREE by volunteering. Just four hours gets you a day pass, eight hours gets you in for the weekend. Learn to solder, pick locks, and screen print on fabric. See the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos show, and 3D printer village. Dodge Cupcake Cars. Buy a Utility Kilt.

Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. As the World’s Largest DIY festival, this two-day family friendly Faire has something for everyone — a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset. This year’s Maker Faire will be held at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, Queens Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

You can learn about all your volunteering options here. (Volunteers are called "Travelers" at Maker Faire.) Midwood Science students who volunteer will, of course, receive extra credit. Contact Mr. Elert if you have any questions about Maker Faire in the Research class.

 

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Midwood Science volunteers at World Science Festival

Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2014 by for Media.

Understanding, visualizing and noticing the innovations of science are all demonstrated to the public at a yearly event known as the World Science Festival (WSF). Held annually in New York City, the festival is a chance to learn more about science in a creative and hands on environment that shows science concepts in a new light.

"The World Science Festival is different than other events because it brings science closer to the everyday people," said Raymond Yu ’15. "It helps encourage young children to learn and be curious."

This event is held in places across the city ranging from NYU to Pier 5. The World Science Festival’s mission statement is to "cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value and prepare to engage with it’s implications for the future." The festival allows people to bring their families to exciting occasions such as seeing the innovations in technology that will be implemented in the future. Various lectures were given on the NYU campus bringing forth prominent researchers such as Brian Greene, a physics and mathematics professor widely known for his groundbreaking research on the Superstring theory.

       
       

"The World Science Fair’s message, personally coming from Brian Greene, really touched me," said Hussain Bokhari ’15. "In all seriousness, the wonders and curiosity associated with science are way too enlightening to be dimmed by low ambition."

In order to maintain a smooth schedule, the World Science Festival recruits volunteers every year so that the events are opened to the public as soon as possible. Numerous students from the science research classes participated in the volunteering. The application was an online process, which required applicants to create a video in which they were prompted to answer numerous questions that would help the festival officials choose qualified people. Once accepted, all the volunteers were asked to attend orientations that would help to brief them on what was to be expected from them and also to give a sense on how the WSF works in general.

"I thought it would be a great experience to become involved in something that I’m interested in," said Yukie Wong ’15. "I had a shift as a runner, where I was called down to events that needed extra help. I helped at the book signing event, where popular science authors discussed their books."

       
       

Not only did the volunteers assist with the different programs that were occurring, but they also participated. Volunteers were able to see first-hand new occurrences in science and meet innovators. Many programs included hands on activities such as a hurricane simulator in which people would enter a tube that funneled winds up to 80 mph, recreating what it feels like to be in a hurricane. On Sunday, June 1, people were able to witness robots playing soccer on a playing field. Robots were scattered throughout Washington Square Park, in the grand finale of the festival with the Ultimate Science Street Fair, where people were able to interact with the robots themselves.

       
       

"One highlight of volunteering was called Earth and other Worlds," said Akeem Pinnock ’14. "I got to spend a night in an outdoor inflatable building that was beautifully lit at night. There was also a cool sphere inside that they used to display the planets on."

       
       

The festival ended with a special party for the volunteers who put numerous hours in for the festival to run smoothly. The "wrap party" gave volunteers a chance to enter in raffles to win prizes. Many of the volunteers enjoyed their time working for the festival and intend on applying again to become volunteers next year.

"Next year I hope to work as a staff member at the World Science Festival," said Chris Ayala ’14. "I think that the World Science Festival differs from others in that it has all different categories that peaks everyone’s interests and envelops all of New York instead of one specific area."

Charlynn Trish Ben & Mohammed Hasan
This article originally appeared in the June 2014 edition of Argus.
Photos contributed by various students and one teacher.

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Science Fair impresses onlookers

Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 by for Media, Science Fair.

The Annex’s was packed with hesitant judges and classrooms filled with edgy sophomores; This was the scene at the annual science fair on Thursday, May 29.

"The science fair left me speechless, literally," Amber tucker ’16

Every year the sophomores of Science Research, who after taking a course crammed with experiments and presentations, are finally put to the test by showcasing their results at this highly anticipated event. With just under a month to find a project, test variables, and analyze experimentation, preparation for the science fair never fails in leaving students overwrought.

"It was really stressful getting here, but in the end, it was worth it," said Diane Ling ’16. "We learned valuable experiences in the process."

However, unlike every fair, there were many more alumni this year, giving predecessors a chance to relive their judging experiences.

"Being in research since sophomore year, Midwood Science has done so much for me," said Nicholas Lee, who graduated last year. "It was an honor to be able to come back and judge and also to see so many familiar faces in our research family. There were many great projects that I was impressed with and that goes to show the talent of our students that keeps the Midwood Research program going strong!"

Many senior research students had already judged last year, but the anticipation of this much too rare event never ceases to excite past participants.

"I definitely look forward to the science fair every year," said Kiara Nunez ’14. "It’s nice to see the new wave of students coming into research and presenting the projects. Plus, I always look forward to the food."

After viewing, listening and asking questions, the judges calculate a grade out of 60, or 70 for teams, based on presentation, research, data verification and more. Judging this year was an especially gratifying experience for juniors, who had the pleasure of being on the other side of things this year.

"Being able to judge instead of being the one presenting this year was really fun," said Jessica Yip ’15. "I finally got to see what we were being grading on and how the points were distributed. Seeing the sophomores so nervous reminded me of how I was last year."

The winners of the science fair are determined by their respective grades. Each participant gets a grade from five judges, but the highest grade and lowest grade are dropped in an effort to eliminate any extraneous decisions. The highest average of the three remaining grades takes home the first place, separately for individuals and teams, with each trailing grade winning second place, third place, or even an honorable mention. Despite the high levels of competition in the race for the trophy, the science fair is always a great time to learn interesting facts and meet new people.

"After the judging takes place and nerves have settled, the fair turns into a get-together where students and teachers socialize and just have a good time," said Nunez ’14. "The science fair gives research students from all three grades the opportunity to come together, which rarely happens."

In the eyes of the science faculty, this year’s science fair ran quite professionally.

"This year we had more alumni than ever before, nearly 60 versus the normal 30," said Mr. Glenn Elert. "We also had two professors serve as judges, Dr. Frank Grasso from the Psychology Department of Brooklyn College and Ms. Yara Adam from the Physics Department. The large number of alumni and guests made the judging process exceptionally smooth. It was great fun to see them all again and catch up on their lives after Midwood."

While some aspects of the event never change from year to year and others were quite better this time, everyone can agree that the science fair is a perfect blend of the intuition and creativity of science and school spirit.

"The science fair took patience, work and diligence, but paid off at the end," said Angela Christopher ’16.

Shanna Huang & Hussain Bokhari (Class of 2015)
This article originally appeared in the June 2014 edition of Argus.
Photos courtesy of Prianka Zaman (Class of 2013)
Line drawing by Nicole Ng (Class of 2011)

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SMART Team presents at symposium

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by for Miscellaneous.

Midwood High School’s SMART Team worked hard over the year to prepare for their symposium at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx on May 18, 2014. (SMART stands for Students Modeling a Research Topic.) The Midwood team modeled the Streptococcal M protein for their presentation. Dr. Whitney Macdonald, a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis at The Rockefeller University, helped the team research and model the protein. Ms. Ross was the supervising teacher at Midwood. Seven other high schools also participated in the symposium. Midwood’s presentation was exceptionally unique, with personally made drawings to accompany a storyline that would help explain the abilities of the M protein.

   
The Midwood SMART team takes a break in
a Riverdale park after their presentation at
the Ethical Culture Fieldston School.
The Midwood SMART Team with their mentor,
Dr. Whitney Macdonald.
   
Slides from the presentation showing the artistic approach of the Midwood team. The formal, scientific poster.

Press release by Carmine See
Member of Midwood’s SMART Team

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Stefanie Henry wins 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

After months and months of lab work, Stefanie Henry has so much to show for it. She went to the Philadelphia Convention Center for three days in April and May. She was there for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology where she was selected as a 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize winner — one of four in the nation. Stefanie was interviewed for a video, which was on display during awards luncheon on the last day of the conference. She also participated in a poster session where other scientists in the field came by to question her about her research. Stefanie may be the only Midwood student to ever win this award.

"It was an amazing experience, I met a lot of phenomenal people and one person approached me about an international PhD program they believe I can get involved in after I graduate from college," said Stefanie. "I feel honored to have been selected and look forward to continuing my research and gaining more opportunities to share my findings with as many people as I can."

Press release written by Saba Shaki

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Raquel Hosein wins NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Raquel Hosein received an Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Recipients were selected based upon their computing talent, leadership skills, academic ability, and future education plans. Awards were presented at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan on Friday, May 9. Each recipient receives two awards, one for themselves and one for their school’s trophy case. Bloomberg also contributed a set of Beats by Dre headphones, a Pebble Smartwatch, and other swag. Raquel is the first Midwood Science student to win this award.

Contributed by Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

Raquel Hosein shows off her award and swag at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan.
 
The 2014 receipients of the Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City.

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2014 Midwood Science Fair Results

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by for Science Fair.

1st Place

Jessica Lin & Eileen Chen
Electrolytes in beverages.
Laila Akallal
Is the speed of light truly constant?
Mie Abouelkheir
The effects of microwave radiation on the growth of E. coli.

2nd Place

Gabriela Villagomez
Visual memory vs. Auditory memory.
Vanessa Mai
Gumcentration.

3rd Place

Noshin Hayat
The effect of antacids on the stomach.
Aisha Khoja
Comparing antacid potency.
Joshua Pilipovsky
A change in the winds: Bernoulli’s principle.

Honorable Mention

Bilal Azhar & Wendy Jiang
Effect of acidity and temperature on a fruit’s electric current.
Alexandra Gayle & Kai Saunders
What drinks contain the most electrolytes?
Vivian Ng & Ibraar Aziz
The effect of carbonated drinks on the human body.
Mohammed Chowdhury
Which antacid works the best?
Samera Arif
The effect of acidic citrus fruits and skin tone on henna stain.
Gabrielle Tolchinsky
Hydrogen peroxide’s effect on seed germination.

 

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Great turnout at 2014 Brooklyn Frontiers in Science public lecture

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by for Lectures.

Midwood Science Research students filled the Pfizer Auditorium at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering on April 3 for the 2014 Brooklyn Frontiers in Science Public Lecture. This year Professor Jacqueline K. Barton presented a lecture on Signaling through DNA. The audience listened carefully as she educated them about the capabilities of DNA and the various research being conducted.

After Professor Barton finished presenting the lecture, many Midwood students stayed to ask questions to satisfy their curiosity since they were eager to find out more about the different research being acquired in this field. It was an enriching experience for students to broaden their scientific knowledge.

Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

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teachers office em ail extension
Mr. Elert (Coordinator) A214 elert@ midwoodscience.org 2141
Ms. Mosley A317 mosley.chem@ gmail.com 3172 or 3173
Ms. Roehrich A317 midwoodes@ gmail.com 3172 or 3173
Ms. Ross A214 jross17@ schools.nyc.gov 2141
Ms. Sullivan A214 jsullivanbio@ gmail.com 2141
administrators office em ail extension
Mr. McDonnell (Principal) 127 mmcdonn2@ schools.nyc.gov 1270 or 8511
Mr. Rosenfeld (AP Biology) A200 trosenf@ schools.nyc.gov 2003