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Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 by for Science Fair.


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Midwood Science sweeps Brooklyn College on Science Research Day

Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

No, we didn’t clean the campus. Brooklyn College has enough paid professionals to do that without our help.

Brooklyn College Science Research Day is the annual, campus-wide science fair held at the end of the spring semester. Posters are presented by Brooklyn College undergraduate and graduate students — and also by students from partner high schools in the borough. More than one hundred posters were exhibited in the Brooklyn College Student Center on Friday, May 9, 2014. The other meaning of "sweep" is to win every award in a contest. Every award in the High School Division at Brooklyn College Research Day was won by a Midwood Science student in 2014 — an unprecedented accomplishment.

First Place: High School Division

Second Place: High School Division

Third Place: High School Division

2014 ACT-SO: Midwood wins big

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

The New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a youth program under the administrative aegis of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among under-served minority high school students. Near the end of every academic year, ACT-SO students participate in an "Olympics of the Mind".

On Monday, May 5, 2014 at St. Francis College, Midwood received 7 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals, and 2 ambassador awards — more than any prior year. We also entered in more categories than ever before — the sciences (of course), visual arts, performing arts, and humanities. (The only category we missed was business.) All medalists receive an honoraria from a New York City branch of the NAACP (Brooklyn, Mid-Manhattan, or Williamsbridge). Gold medalists go on to compete in the National ACT-SO in Las Vegas July 19–23, 2014.

If you think so … Then ACT-SO !

Registration day at PS 84 on the Upper West Side.


Competition day selfie at the
Wingate High School campus.

Presentation of awards at St. Francis College.


The always dynamic President of ACT-SO,
Mr. Anton Tomlinson speaks to the medal winners.

Raquel Hosein attends 3 day conference at Stanford University

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood senior Raquel Hosein attended the she++ conference as a 2014 #include Fellow at Standford University in California April 3–5, 2014.

she++ strives to involve high school students in the computer science field. This year, she++ selected 30 aspiring students from across the nation to become #include Fellows and attend the #include Summit for the #include Fellowship Program. They were selected based on their application, which included demonstrating an outreach project.

Raquel worked with students at Brooklyn College Community Partnership to build a hydroponics farm at the Brooklyn College location. In doing so, Raquel wanted to kick start the science initiative at BCCP. Raquel would like to create an interdisciplinary approach to the sciences, using interior design alongside engineers to build the farm, as BCCP is striving to help high school students become motivated about the things they are learning.

Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

Junior PowerPoint Schedule

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 by for Juniors.

Here’s the tentative schedule for PowerPoint pesentations. Please notify me immediately of any conflicts. If I have accidentally scheduled you on a legitimately bad day (like an AP exam) you should swap that day with someone else (and let me know about it, of course).

  A115   A219  
May 12
Jacquelyne Gilman
May 13
Patrice Sanderson
Marisol Morales
Jocelyn Yeung
Valeriya Falkovich
May 14
Melissa Lee
Meghan Ng
Shanna Huang
Emily Tung
May 15
Mohammed Hasan
Saba Sakhi
Isheta Khanom
Taulant Kastrati
May 16
Hussain Bokhari
Xiaoyan Hu
Zainab Iqbal
Syeda Hillary
May 19
Michael Divgun
Sandra Lin
Colleen Chasteau
Rosa Basevich
May 20
Vivian Cheng
Lucy Lin
Richard Wu
Charlynn Trish Ben
May 21
Jing Wei Hu
Wenli Wang
Dina Deng
Jessica Yip
May 22
Carmine See
Cindy Chee
Muhammad Abdulla
Yukie Wong
May 23
Raymond Yu
Monique Powell
Rolens Ambroise
Aarin Chase

Last Updated: Thursday, May 8

A message to all juniors

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


There are 3 important dealines approaching …

You also need to check the calendar. Everyone must see their supervising teacher next week. (I am having my juniors schedule themselves. See me on Wednesday, May 7 or Thursday, May 8, period 4, 7, 8, or 9 — your choice.) Topics for discussion include …

Some other important days …

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 …

The World Science Festival needs you

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by for Everyone, Extra Credit.

Physics Photo Contest

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by for Extra Credit.

For many years the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) High School Physics Photo Contest has provided teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. Students compete in an international arena with more than 1,000 of their peers for recognition and prizes. The contest is open to high school students in grades 9–12. Entries are welcome every year between March 1 and May 15 for that year’s competition. Photos may be entered in one of two categories described below, and will be judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photograph.

If you have a photo you would like to submit to this contest, please email it to me as soon as possible. I will give you advice on what to write for copy. The deadline for this competition is May 15, but if you give me your photo for the first time on this day you will not be allowed to enter. Please read the Student Rules before contacting me. You may already have a photo in your archives that could be used for this competition. Look to the past winning entries for inspiration.


Research students impress at NYSCEF Finals

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by for Media, NYCSEF.

Scholarships and awards worth up to $5,000 a year were presented to New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) finalists on March 27 at Hunter College, mere days after the NYCSEF finals round on March 25 at the American Museum of Natural History.

At the finals round, the long tables stretched across the hall in rows with projects on top. A enormous blue whale hung from the ceiling, and students waited patiently for the judges to walk around. A total of 100 projects were presented at the NYCSEF finals round from students all over New York City. 13 of those participants were Midwood students.

"Part of the fun of NYCSEF is to learn from other people’s projects, not just your own," said Raquel Hosein ’14.

The following seniors were awarded at the finals. Raquel Hosein and Allen Barbarovich won first place and second place was awarded to M. Tasnin Kabir. Third place was awarded to Yasmine Brown-Williams, Varvara Budetti and Alisha Bunting, Amy Cao and Ying Tong Guo, Stefanie Henry, Xin Yi Chen, Shadika Jahan and Kiara Nunez, and Tiffany Mai. These awards were given to projects that were outstanding.

"It’s a small reward for all the work we put in," said Allen Barbarovich.

Additional awards were also given out. Jelissa Castro ’14 and Samuel Genchikmakher ’14 received the Sarah and Morris Wiesenthal Award, which includes a $100 honorarium. The award is given to projects that bring awareness to the man-made and natural environment. Budetti and Bunting also received the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their water related projects and were identified as NY State Semifinalists. Chen received the Association for Women Geoscientists Award and the Jenny Hunter Scholarship Award. She will receive a $1000 scholarship to Hunter College, renewable for 4 years. Hosein received the Frank W. and Jane J. Stahl Memorial Award for Technical Excellence, this award includes a $200 reward.

"The last three years have been really outstanding for us," said Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator.

Hosein and Barbarovich were chosen to be Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) alternates. 15 projects were selected from this year’s competition to continue on to ISEF in Los Angeles, from May 11-16.

According to Mr. Elert, there are still many more competitions left to compete in this year, including the New York City Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), Google Science Fair, and Brooklyn College Science Day.

Saba Sakhi & Jacquelyne Gilman
This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of Argus.

2014 Young Naturalist Awards Winners

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science. Four Midwood students were semifinalists in the 2014 competition — the most in one year!

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