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Electrochemical Devices Workshop

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by for Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Dr. Sophia Suarez in the Physics Department at Brooklyn College will be conducting a two-day workshop for high school students on Electrochemical Devices: Research, Applications, and Energy on Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2, 2014. At the workshop, you will learn how to build supercapacitors, fuel cells, and batteries. This workshop is open to current sophomores and juniors and graduating seniors. Contact any one of the research teachers if you would like to join Dr. Suarez and her team. Lunch will be provided both days. Extra credit cannot be awarded since this event takes place outside of the regular school year.

Exit Meetings

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by for Juniors, Seniors.

Seniors and Juniors. I sent you all an email today about exit meetings, the World Science Festival, and other stuff. If you did not receive it check your spam folder. Everyone should have my name stored in their contacts/address book to prevent this kind of thing. If you still cannot find a message from me, please send me an email stating this. Not all email services are kind to email blasts. For your reading enjoyment, here are the email messages as text files. Enjoy!

exit-seniors.txt exit-juniors.txt

A message to all seniors

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by for Seniors.


Everyone needs to see me on Monday, May 5 or Tuesday, May 6, during period 4, 7, 8, or 9 (your choice). Bring the following items to this meeting …

We will discuss …

ACT-SO Reminder

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by for ACT-SO, Seniors.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 is the Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics or ACT-SO at Wingate High School from 10:00am–5:00pm. Any student interested will need to go to registration on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at P.S. 84 in Manhattan beginning at 10:30am and lasting till about 12:00pm. Students must bring the following to registration:

Students are allowed to work in teams. If students are in a team, only one member of the team is needed to register on Saturday, April 5th, however, an autobiography and picture are needed for both students. (No group pictures.) Also, if a student cannot make it, another student can give in the papers for them. (If you want someone else to register for you they will need your name, address, phone number, etc. so it is suggested that you register yourself.) All you need to do is drop off your papers, sign the registration forms, and leave. You can also go over your board with them if you want. (This is suggested).

Only students in the following categories can enter. Even if your project isn’t exactly in one of these categories, it might be possible to enter in a related category.

For rules on how to format your paper go to this web page. Then click on your category to see the requirements. (They are basically all the same.) On the date of registration be sure to write under “Student Ambassador” the name of one of the Midwood recruiters: Chukwunonso Nwasike, Christopher Ayala, M. Tasnim Kabir, or Raquel Hosein.

Message to seniors

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by for Seniors, St. Joseph's.

I sent all the seniors a message today. I’m placing a copy on the website as a backup. I suggest you read it.


Poster Meetings

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by for Seniors.

It’s time to make a poster of your research project. If your mentor is giving you help with this, send at least one draft to me by midnight Wednesday, January, 29. Everyone else must attend a meeting in the Research Room on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for about an hour. Time slots start every hour on the half hour (8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30). Please select one and email me before Sunday evening. Time slots are available on a first come, first served basis. We have 5 good computers for this (4 Dell workstations and 1 iMac), which means no more than 5 students per time slot. You may also bring your own laptop if you feel more comfortable working that way.

Posters are made with Microsoft PowerPoint. (Other applications can be used, but our computers all have PowerPoint.) Bring an electronic copy of your research paper and electronic copies of all diagrams, photos, graphs, etc. All artwork must be original. No one will tell me, "I got that picture from Google". One exception to this would be organizational logos. I have high resolution copies of many university logos that I got from their public affairs offices (Brooklyn College, SUNY Downstate, NYU Langone Medical Center, etc.). Midwood Science also has a logo.

Black and white printing should be done at Staples. A 48" × 36" engineering print is about $7 or $8. Not all Staples locations offer this service, however. Check before you go. They may tell you they need one business day to complete your order. Do not plan on going to Staples on Friday. You may not get your poster back before they close.

The best buy for color posters is probably through PhD Posters. The charge something like $50 for a 48" × 36" color inkjet print. Make your order through their website. The pick up location is at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Once again, expect to wait at least one business day for your order to be fulfilled.

Your mentor may also have a budget for posters or access to a large format printer. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

L’azote liquide est arrivé!

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 by for Seniors.

The liquid nitrogen has arrived. Seniors, that means it’s time for the annual "Relaxation Experiment" Check your email for details.

NYCSEF paperwork delivered

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by for Seniors.

The NYCSEF paperwork for 2014 was delivered at 2:16 PM, Friday, December 2013.

NYCSEF Signature Pages

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

Seniors, I need your signature pages as soon as possible (on or before this Wednesday, December 11). I need them before the rest of the paperwork is due (on Thursday, December 12) so that the Principal will be able to sign all of them.

The Rockefeller University “Christmas Lecture” for 2013

Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Lectures, Seniors.

The Rockefeller University invites you to participate in Epigenetics: Inheriting More Than Genes. An event for high school students featuring award-winning molecular biologist C. David Allis, Ph.D. Spend a day on campus to learn about the science of epigenetics and how groundbreaking discoveries are revolutionizing our understanding of heredity, evolution, and medicine.

Monday, December 30, 2013
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
The Rockefeller University
Caspary Auditorium
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York NY 10065

Visit to view a full schedule for the day, more information about Dr. Allis, criteria for selecting students, and an online registration form. The Talking Science event is intended for high school students and teachers only. Please note: all attendees must be registered online by their school by Friday, December 20, 2013.

Contact Mr. Elert before the deadline if you would like to go.


Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 by for NYCSEF, Seniors.

All seniors should have registered for the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) by now. You should also be scheduled to meet with your supervising teacher sometime during the week of December 2–6. Be prepared to show progress on your application at this meeting. If you have any concerns or questions, now is the time to deal with them. This is also the time to complete the Application for Change to Weighted Research Course (a.k.a. 1.05). Bring the completed form and be prepared to show your lab log.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 will be paperwork day. The only thing you should be doing on this day is printing, photocopying, collating, and stuffing envelopes. No one should be filling out forms or writing their Research Plan. On this day, students will submit …

  1. TWO copies of the online application confirmation page (ONE photocopy for NYCSEF and ONE original for the school records)
  2. TWO sets of all necessary forms (ONE set of photocopies for NYCSEF and ONE set of originals for the school records)
  3. THREE copies of the research paper (TWO for NYCSEF and ONE for the school records)

We will provide printers (black and white and color in room A214, the Research Room), a high volume photocopier (black and white in room A200, Mr. Rosenfeld’s Office), paper, paper clips, binder clips, envelopes, and labels. I will deliver all applications directly to NYCSEF headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday, December 13, 2013. This counts for 10 points of your fall semester grade.

We keep the original versions of all paperwork. If your application and paper are approved in January, good for you. If the people at NYCSEF detect an error in your application we retrieve the originals, you add corrections, you photocopy the corrected paperwork and then return the originals to us, and lastly you mail or deliver it to them. Repeat this process until your application is approved. This counts for another 10 points of your fall semester grade.

There are more things to say about NYCSEF (and also the St. Joseph’s College High School Poster Session), but they will have to wait for another day.

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Midwood Science Research

Midwood Science Research Program
Glenn Elert — Coordinator
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Michael McDonnell — Principal
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