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You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

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You are invited to this Friday’s LAB Out Loud [LOL] at The Rockefeller University — Microbial Engineers: The Science of Fermented Foods (Friday, March 10, 2017 4:30 PM–7:00 PM).

Microbes, like bacteria, yeast, and mold, are the invisible engineers of the planet. They have the power to transform rocks into minerals, logs into soil, and raw ingredients into delicious fermented foods like cheese, chocolate, and pickles. In the Wolfe lab, we use fermented foods as model systems to better understand these invisible engineers, including how microbes interact with each other and with their environments. From fungal superhighways in cheese rinds to slimy biofilms in fermented tea, our talk will highlight the surprising microbial communities living in your favorite fermented foods.

Come hear scientists Dr. Benjamin Wolfe and Elizabeth Landis from Tufts University share their work using food to study microbial ecosystems! Following the talk, students will have a chance to network with scientists and determine their microbial soul-mates through a fun activity.

This event is open to all high school students in the New York City area, free of charge! Registration must be submitted by attending high school students directly — a change from previous Lab Out Loud [LOL] events. All students under age 18 must obtain parental consent while completing the online form. Extra credit will be awarded to all students who provide proof of attendance and complete the usual assignment by the next school day.

Images of fermented foods and bacterial cultures

Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

Scholarship and standard applications have just opened up for Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro 2017.

Run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide with locations in Manhattan and Westchester County, Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro are 1-week summer day camps open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting campcardiac.org and campneuro.org. In addition, you may download PDF flyers by clicking on the following links:

Paper It Forward

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Seniors.

Sophomore research students are gearing up to submit their AP Capstone assessment to the College Board at the end of this week. Since Ms. Mosley is unable to give direct feedback, we would like juniors and seniors to help the sophomores with their papers. Each junior/senior will work with 2 two sophomores, go over their paper, and help them edit it against a provided rubric.

This activity will take place Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 during period 4. Each day you participate adds 1 point toward your final grade.

Please see Ms. Mosley by the end of the day today if you are interested and available.

Nomon Mohammad and Hufsa Tasnim are JSHS Semifinalists

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 by for Awards, JSHS.

Husfsa and Nomon standing in front of stairs holding certificates

On Sunday, February 5th, 2017 two Midwood Students — Hufsa Tasnim and Nomon Mohammad — were chosen as semifinalists to present in front of judges and other semifinalists at York College for the New York City Metro Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). Both students won second place in their individual categories. Nomon Mohammad was chosen to move forward as one of the top 10 finalists in the city. Once again, our research students have not failed to make Midwood proud!

  • Nomon Mohammad
    "Anthraquinone as an effective electrolyte for redox flow batteries." Nomon worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  • Hufsa Tasnim
    "Epistatic interaction between sgo‑1 and htp‑2 mutants in chromosome and centrosome inheritance." Hufsa worked under the supervision of Dr. Mara Schvarzstein in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College

Written by Noor Asif and Pauletta Lazarevskiy (Class of 2017).

Heavy, significant snow Thursday night

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by for Everyone.

BREAKING: DeBlasio has decided to CLOSE SCHOOLS TOMORROW. 12–18" expected!

The VERY latest on tomorrow’s potentially crippling snowstorm, which will likely be a blizzard for Eastern Long Island! Updated models and forecast accumulations! For more information, visit AllanWeather NYC on Facebook.

AllanWeather NYC Map of snow accumulations through Thursday night

Written by Allan Nosov (Class of 2017)

NYU summer research program

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2017 by for Juniors, Sophomores.

The Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is accepting applications for our fourth cohort of NYC high school students to participate in Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE), a free summer research program in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. In addition to performing authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in a faculty lab on NYU’s campus, students are taught public speaking skills, complete a presentation on their work, and learn about the history and ethics of science and research. Some of the previous ninety ARISE participants have continued their research into the school year, co-authored scientific papers, attended professional conferences, or entered science competitions based on their work.

Please forward this email directly to eligible students and interested adults. The application deadline is 5PM, March 1st, 2017.

We are looking for:

  • New York City residents who are currently in 10th or 11th grade.
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students.
  • Applicants with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Students who will attend the entire program, full time, from July 5, 2017 to August 18, 2017.
  • Responsible students who have demonstrated:an ability to make and fulfill commitments, timeliness and persistence.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the program’s website here.

Copyright © 2017 NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Center for K12 STEM Education, All rights reserved.

Midwood collects top awards at St. Joseph’s College

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2017 by for Awards, St. Joseph's.

On February 4th 2017, the 22nd Annual High School Poster Session was held at St. Joseph’s College in Fort Green, Brooklyn. 22 midwood students presented their research findings at the event to multiple judges. Midwood faced strong competition from many schools including Union City, which had twice as many students as Midwood. Midwood students took away all first and second place awards as well as 4 honorable mentions.

  1. Jennifer Phu and Elizabeth Skapley
    "Synthesis of trifluorinated alkynes as intermediates to catechol synthesis." Jennifer and Elizabeth worked under the supervision of Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Long Island University.
  2. Marco Ramirez
    "Alkyl chain length influence on conductivity and activation energy of pyrrolidinium-based RTILs." Marco worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
Jennifer and Elizabeth standing in front of their poster Marco standing in front of his poster
  1. Amna Aslam
    "Role of nucleolar stress factors in DNA damage response." Amna worked under the supervision of Dr. Anjana D. Saxena in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
  2. Mahmoud Abouelkheir
    "Intra-microcolony spatial positioning affects antibiotic susceptibility in Neisseria gonorrhoeae." Mahmoud worked under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Biais in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College.
Amna standing in front of her poster Mahmoud standing in front of his poster
  1. Erica Levin
    "Determining the mercury concentrations in the atmosphere using a biotracker." Erica worked under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Carpi and Dr. Erin Mann in the Department of Sciences at John Jay College.
  2. Vivian Luu
    "A variable temperature study of the conductivity and activation energy of aqueous solutions of VOSO4 in 1 M TFSA." Vivian worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Mr. Domenec Paterno in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.
  3. Jasleen Kaur
    "Evaluating efficient methods for determining bioaccessible lead." Jasleen worked under the supervision of Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng and Ms. Sara Perl Egendorf in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College.
  4. Whitney Wong and Yang Fan (Angel) Zou
    "Inducement of LEA proteins from Ramazzottius varieornatus for desiccation tolerant Escherichia coli." Whitney and Angel worked under the supervision of Dr. Ellen Jorgensen and Mr. William Shindel at Genspace NYC.

Group photo of the Midwood winners, standing shoulder to shoulder in a row
All 10 award winners from Midwood High School, left to right: Vivian Luu, Jasleen Kaur, Mahmoud Abouelkheir, Marco Ramirez, Elizabeth Skapley, Jennifer Phu, Whitney Wong, Amna Aslam, Yang Fan Angel Zou, Erica Levin

Written by Noor Asif and Pauletta Lazarevskiy (Class of 2017).

Junior teacher assignments for the spring semester

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by for Juniors.

Junior teacher assignments, Spring 2017
Mr. Elert Ms. Mosley
Aysheh Barqawi Noran Abo Donia
Linda Chen Nadine Adham
Joyce Chow Fern Bromley
Yiming Dai Rafaella Bruzual
Jennifer Duong Oran Chak
Hafsa Fatima Dan Hong Chen
Ellen Gyulbudaghyan Sarah Elmosbah
Judy Huang Ramy Fata
Hebah Jihad Jose Guzman
Elizabeth Joseph Md Hoque
Charles Kambourakis Calvin Huynh
Sabina Kubayeva Saba Iqbal
Albina Kukic Shakila Islam
Ivy Li Shanjida Kamal
Wendy Lliguichuzhca Beien Lin
Gabrielle Milman Shawal Malik
Naila Mirza Giuseppina Mammoliti
Christina Ng Kathy Mania
Benjamin Nguyen Evelyn Martinez
Katie Nikishina Alice Mo
Olexandr Pustovoyt Emily Orman
Soanne Saint Victor Savlatjon Rahmatulloev
Aushna Saleem Jessica Rakhamim
Rianna Segal Alma Samarxhiu
Allan Shikh Leah Shteinberg
David Shikh Iryna Svezhenets
Vincent Wang Eddie Xu
Mei Mei Weng Joanna Yan
Andrew Zhang Michelle Zinger
Jessie Zheng  

Ocean Science Team prepares for competiton

Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017 by for Media, Ocean Science.

As February quickly approaches, the Ocean Science team is preparing for their next big competition.

Ocean Science is an academic competition focusing on topics such as biology, chemistry, physics and geology within the school where they meet three times a week. They prepare to compete in regional tournaments as qualifiers for nationals.

"The team is very dedicated and I’m proud to be a part of it," said Celine Lam ’18.

According to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, there are 25 regional competitions in which the winner from each will advance to the finals, which are typically held in April. This year’s finals will be held in Corvallis, Oregon, and the top three winners will be awarded with a trip to exciting locations.

Lam says that to do well on the team, you need to have perseverance and to maintain your grades.

The team is divided into two groups, A and B team. These teams usually contain a mix of juniors and seniors, with a few sophomores. In the beginning of the school year, members take a pretest, quizzing their prior knowledge. Throughout the school year, the members go through the rigorous curriculum. Then they take their posttest before their qualifying tournament, which decides whether or not they go into A team, B team, or neither.

Last year’s A team performed extraordinarily well and placed ninth place in the national Ocean Science tournament.

"I do feel tensed because you’re expected to get things right, but nobody’s perfect so we’re all working hard," said Jennifer Phu ’17, captain of the A team.

The assistant coach Ms. Kimberly Lau said, "There is now pressure to maintain the title but they work really hard and are doing even more work than last year’s team."

Ms. Lau has been improving the way the team learns the curriculum. Accommodating their regular weekly lessons, the students this year now create targeted questions for each unit in the modules and create presentations per unit. The team then competes with each other after their lessons are completed. Ms. Lau then decides whether or not each student had mastered the subject before moving on.

The head coach for this year will likely remain the assistant principal, Mr. Alan Stack, due to Ms. Lau’s busy schedule.

"I love how everyone is friendly and competitive at the same time," said newcomer Ivy Li ’18, "I love learning weird facts about animals and teaching about a topic in ocean is helping me build confidence in my everyday life."

The team members are very excited for newcomers and want to see how they play in an actual tournament.

"It’s competitive but in the end, we’re all still a family," said captain of the B team, Saleh Salem ’18, "It’s rigorous but as long as you keep up, it’s worth it."

Usually Ms. Lau approaches potential team members, which most of the time are her outgoing students since she knows them well. However, for students who are eager to join can directly approach Ms. Lau on her off hours.

Written by Ashley Masih and Kareem Ibrahim (Class of 2018).
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of Argus.

Robotics Team Rolls into Victory at FTC

Posted on Sunday, January 22, 2017 by for Media, Robotics.

The Rolling Drones, Bötley Crüe, and Pink Droyd of the robotics team will be competing on January 14 for the First Tech Challenge.

"This is preparation for the real tech world," said Rabia Javaid ’17, Bötley Crüe’s engineering notebook keeper.

The teams have been preparing for the qualifiers for months. This year’s competition is Velocity Vortex sponsored by Qualcomm. FTC is a big competition that role plays for real life situations. Collecting balls and bringing them to an higher place is this year’s main theme for scoring high but risky points.

"In other words, future innovator’s robots could go up in space and collect particles," said Javaid ’17.

Programs like FTC spurs up competitive spirits and push out 21 century work-life skills like problem solving, management, and communication to a higher level. Each captain of the team have high responsibilities and management for the team.

"The most difficult thing I had to do was to get everybody on the same page so they could visualize my goals for the robot," said Ron Lazimi ’17, captain of the Bötley Crüe team. "Our robot is decently built with a good chance on getting past the qualifiers but we’re missing some major components like sensors because they didn’t come in time."

Even without the most vital parts of robots, the teams managed to work around the problem. Other captains also expresses their concerns and success.

Larger group portrait

Captain of The Rolling Drones Mari Geguchadze ’17 said, "I’ve never really had to account for an entire team before. Sometimes it’s a little suffocating. I think that aside, we have a pretty good grasp on the competition."

Although The Rolling Drones are experiencing some trouble coordinating, they’ve pulled through with a robot built much quicker than the other two teams.

"This year, AutoCad is very intense due to our time limit. The team works very well together trying to back each other up and giving good feedback on plans and tactics for winning," said Captain of Pink Droyd, Mohammad Ishtiaq ’17.

In the end, the most important thing is that all teams have each other’s support and working together to reach their ultimate goals. "

As time progressed, my team and I grew a bond together and we’re able to make changes and build on each other’s ideas," said Sidney Yee ’18, a builder of Bötley Crüe.

Matthew Eng ’17, another builder of Bötley Crüe, said, "Building with what we came up with was easy but testing and rebuilding takes a lot time in order to reach the consistency that is crucial to robots."

Smaller group portrait

Captains weren’t the only ones to have their hands full. Tasks assigned to team members receive high expectations and are expected to be complete within a certain time frame.

Budget is another problem in this year’s FTC competition. New logos were designed by each respective team. This means there needs to be a new batch of team attire to be ordered and each team member had to pay for their own attire.

"This year’s funds were a lot less than last years and I don’t have direct control over it. I can’t make everyone pay $30 for a T-shirt," said Mr. Jahn, coach of the robotics teams.

Funds were in the hands of Parent’s Association and accessing it was not as easy. With barely enough money to cover the fees of sign-up for the competition, funds were used sparingly.

However, Anthony Annuziato ’17 from Bötley Crüe managed to hook up everybody with three local sponsors. The team is able to get more funds for parts which helps greatly since many remaining parts for the robots were previously abused to even function properly. Sarah Wu ’17 and Tiffany Zhang ’17 from Pink Droyds also put in efforts in fundraising by crafting perler beads art.

This year we also have designed a completely new website ran by Pink Droyds team with Bötley Crüe’s contribution. It serves as a purpose of attraction for people who are interested in our program inside and outside of the school. Visit midwoodrobotics.org for more information and details about the teams and classes.

"It’s time for us to face the real challenge, and we are ready," said Javaid ’17.

Written by LeiBin Li (Class of 2018).
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of Argus.

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