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PowerPoint Presentations for Seniors

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by for Seniors.

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The spring semester is full of events where you are expected to talk about your project to the public. In January, you will practice for this eventuality. All seniors will deliver a PowerPoint presentation to an audience of junior and senior research students and teachers.

A preliminary draft of your presentation slide deck (a .pptx file) is due on the morning of the last Monday before Winter Break (9:00 AM Monday, December 21, 2015). The final draft of your deck will be due on the morning of the first Monday after Winter Break (9:00 AM Monday, January 4, 2016). Email your slide decks to elert@midwoodscience.org and put "pptx file" in the subject line. This will ensure that it goes to the correct mailbox. Mr. Elert will keep the official copy of these files, but Ms. Sullivan and Ms. Mosley will also need copies from their respective students. They will give you instructions at your pre-NYCSEF meeting.

All presentations will start with a 30 second executive summary. Describe the essence of your project using language that can be understood by people who are generally well-educated but who are not experts in your particular scientific field. The executive summary will not be read off a slide, index card, or any other medium.

The remainder of the presentation should not exceed 8 minutes. Each slide will use text sparingly (except for the reference slide at the end). All images will be the work of the student, a colleague from the lab, or a referenced scientific source. No images "from the Internet" are allowed.

Attend 5 days of the possible 10 days of presentations. Present on one of these 5 days. Students who entered the Intel STS need only attend on 1 day — the day they present. You are welcome to attend extra days, but extra credit will not be awarded. Clap politely after every presentation and try to ask each presenter at least one good question. Fill out a scoring sheet after every presentation.

NYCSEF Paperwork Day

Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2015 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors. We will be assembling paperwork for NYCSEF on Monday, December 14, 2015 starting period 6. All copies will be made at this time using the heavy duty photocopier in Mr. Rosenfeld’s office (A200). I will bring large envelopes, staples, binder clips, and labels. You will bring your completed paperwork including …

See you Monday.

Rolls of paper for a Heidelberg Contiweb press

NYCSEF Signature Pages

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors, I need your NYCSEF signature pages on or before Tuesday, December 8, 2015 so the Principal and I can sign them. Please print the Principal’s name (Michael McDonnell) for him, but do not sign or date the form (obviously). Please do the same for my name (Glenn Elert). I will sign part b as the Science/Research Teacher for all 43 seniors. The rest of the paperwork along with a complete research paper must be ready by Monday, December 14, 2015. All photocopying will be done at Midwood with the exception of pages in your report that contain color images or diagrams. Copies of those pages are the responsibility of the student.

Junior Teacher Assignments

Posted on Thursday, December 3, 2015 by for Juniors.

Junior Teacher Assignments Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley Ms. Sullivan
Aruba Areej Ilham Ahmed Mahmoud Abouelkheir
Noor Asif Zenab Jamil Amna Aslam
Angela Baraker Jasleen Kaur Brianna Ku
Ruthbernick Bastien Sophia Khoja Pauletta Lazarevskiy
Rachel Chen Erica Levin Danielle LoPresti
Michelle Fogel Lilin Liu Abeer Naeem
Sabrina Gorodetsky Hui Yi Fiona Ng He Hufsa Tasnim
Michael Grandel Jennifer Phu Whitney Wong
Reanna Hyatt Marzana Rafa Wensi Wu
Danielle Itshaik Zainab Salahudin Minna Zeldin
Bitan Kar Elizabeth Skapley Yang Fan (Angel) Zou
Vivian Luu    
Nomon Mohammad    
Allan Nosov    
Marco Ramirez    

Application for Advanced Science Research (a.k.a. 1.05)

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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All juniors and seniors with a currently active research placement who would like to apply for a 1.05 weighted research course (Advanced Science Research) for the fall semester of 2015 must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher along with an up to date lab log. See your supervising teacher on Monday, November 30 unless you were told to do something different.

For seniors, an "active" placement in the fall is one with 16 hours (on average) of lab log entries per month for September, October, and November.

For juniors, an "active" placement in the fall is one that began any day before Thanksgiving. A placement is not official until your mentor has contacted me saying you have been accepted to work in their lab. It should also state the date you began working there. Some of you have done this and some of you have not. The official record of this is kept in the Google Docs spreadsheet called "mentors (shared)". You were all sent an invitation to this spreadsheet in October. View it and check your status. If you see a date next to your mentor’s name, you’re OK. If not, contact your mentor and ask them to email me as soon as possible.

Application for Advanced Science Research (a.k.a. 1.05)

Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2015 by for Juniors, Seniors.

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All juniors and seniors with a currently active research placement who would like to apply for a 1.05 weighted research course (Advanced Science Research) for the spring semester of 2015 must fill out, print, sign, and present this form to their supervising teacher along with an up to date lab log. An "active" placement is one with 16 hours (on average) of lab log entries per month for the first four months of 2015. Seniors should take care of this on Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 1 (your choice). Juniors should do this during the week of May 4–8 at their regularly scheduled meeting.

Special note just for the juniors. A placement is not official until your mentor has contacted me saying you have been accepted to work in their lab. It should also state the date you began working there. Some of you have done this and some of you have not. The official record of this is kept in the Google Docs spreadsheet called “mentors (shared)”. You were all sent an invitation to this spreadsheet in October. View it and check your status. If you see a date next to your mentor’s name, you’re OK. If not, contact them immediately and ask them to email me before the end of the marking period (Monday, May 4, 2015).

2015 High School Physics Photo Contest

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

The High School Physics Photo Contest is looking for high school students who can explain physical principles through photography and writing. Photos may be entered in one of two categories and will be judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the written explanation.

  • Natural photos are those that demonstrate physical concepts in everyday situations.
  • Contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physical concept or set of related concepts.
  • Photos with multiple images or other computer manipulation will be placed in a separate category.

I will be glad to give anyone advice on photographic composition or copy writing, but Dr. Riemersma will be supervising this competition for Midwood. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 15, 2015, but if you give Dr. R your photo for the first time on this day you will not be allowed to enter. There is a limit of 15 entries per school.

Please read the Student Rules before beginning. You may already have a photo in your archives that could be used for this competition. Look to the past winning entries for inspiration. This event is sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

           
           
 
           
           

New Horizons mission to Pluto event

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) will host a program highlighting NASA’s New Horizons mission — the first-ever mission to the Pluto system and the Kuiper belt. This mission, which will have its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, will help us understand ice worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the planet Pluto and its moons, and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper belt — a relic of solar system formation.

Students will have an opportunity to listen to AMNH’s Director of Astrovisualizations, Carter Emmart, New Horizons Deputy Project Scientist Cathy Olkin, New Horizons Co-Investigator Marc Buie and, Science Operations Team, Tiffany Finley present a dynamic and richly-illustrated overview of the mission and the men and women who make it possible, leaving time for interaction and one-on-one encounters.

This event is being coordinated by Mr. Spergel. He is taking everyone in his AP Physics 1 class, but he has room for a few more students. Contact Mr. Spergel directly if you are interested. This is a field trip, so paperwork needs to be done. The group will depart period 3 on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Extra credit will be awarded to research students who participate and complete the public lecture assignment for any one of the speakers.


Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

NOAA-CREST Weather Camp

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2015 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

The CUNY-NOAA-CREST Weather Camp is a two week program for high school students from the New York City metropolitan area. It runs August 3–14, 2015 and is offered free of charge to 10–15 students. Applications are due Sunday, May 31.

The first week is a day camp on the campus of the City College of New York. Concepts of meteorology are demonstrated by hands-on activities whenever possible, and applied to weather observations both locally and around the country. Experts on such topics as severe storms and climate will speak and answer questions.

During the second week the camp moves to Long Island to be near the local National Weather Service (NWS) office at Brookhaven National Laboratories. Students will camp within walking distance of a beach on the north shore of Long Island, and will go to the NWS for in depth study of weather phenomena. There will be opportunities to go inside a radar dome and help launch weather balloons. Afternoons will be devoted to field observations of the sea breeze effect, urban heat island, surface environment, and clouds.

For people who like acronyms CUNY is the City University of New York, NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and CREST is the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Science and Technology.

World Science Festival needs volunteers

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

The World Science Festival is an unprecedented tribute to imagination, ingenuity and inventiveness, taking science out of the laboratory and into the streets, theatres, museums, and public halls of New York City, making the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating. The Festival returns this year when hundreds of thousands will gather for a glorious five-day celebration of science, Wednesday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30. The 2015 Festival will feature more than fifty engaging events of all types, including mainstage programs, intimate salons, and youth and family offerings. It all culminates in the Ultimate Science Street Fair, an outdoor extravaganza taking over the area around Washington Square Park and New York University.

Volunteers are the ambassadors of the World Science Festival, serving as the face of the Festival to visitors, welcoming them and being a resource of information about the Festival and its programs. World Science Festival Volunteers support the many production teams that make the wheels of the Festival turn. They are the core upon which the Festival’s success is based.

Volunteers must…

  • Be enthusiastic and have a friendly outgoing personality.
  • Be comfortable working with people of all backgrounds, ages, and levels of familiarity with science.
  • Have great communication skills.
  • Have a passion for learning and sharing knowledge.
  • Be dedicated, commited, reliable and professional.
  • Be flexible and have a sense of humor.

The World Science Festival is a 5 day celebration, but Midwood Science students can volunteer as many days as they want to — with one exception. Thursday, May 28 is the 2015 Midwood High School Science Fair. Since this mandatory event ends sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 PM, it doesn’t leave much time to help out at the Festival on that day.

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