Senior Science Research
- The first goal of this class is to turn the lab work you did into marketable products. Everyone will produce a research paper, a poster, and a presentation (PowerPoint/Google Presentation/Presi).
- The second goal of this class is to enter as many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competitions as possible.
- The third goal of this class is to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through service to Midwood High School, New York City, and the world.
- Grades are based on how many events you participate in. The more things you try, the better your grade will be. Important dates are in red. There are many extra credit opportunities. Students who fulfill the nominal class requirements will receive a grade of 85% (G) in the 1st marking period, 90% in the 2nd marking period, and 95% for the semester. See phi.sx/Grades_Seniors_Fall for more info.
Spring Meetings for Seniors
Check the calendar on midwoodscience.org often. Individual, team, or small group meetings are the way business gets done. (Large group meetings are rare.) Keep your supervising teacher up to date on your progress. Do not hesitate to tell us of problems. Above all, do not miss your appointments. They count significantly toward your grade.
- Poster meeting (during Regents week)
- Scientific poster first draft
- NYCSEF status
- St Joseph's status
- JSHS status
- Entrance meeting on the second day of the semester in the Research Room. Everyone attends.
- Expectations for the semester
- February meeting (after Midwinter Break)
- Prepare for NYCSEF (mandatory)
- Prepare for ACT-SO (mandatory)
- Prepare for Google Science Fair (optional)
- Service options for March
- March meeting (before end of marking period)
- Prepare for NYCSEF finals (if selected)
- Prepare for ACT-SO (mandatory)
- Prepare for Google Science Fair (optional)
- First marking period service logs
- Service options for April
- New York City Science and Engineering Fair
- NYCSEF Preliminary Round at City College (mandatory)
Sunday, March 5, 2017
- NYCSEF Finals Round at the American Museum of Natural History (if selected)
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
- NYCSEF Awards Ceremony at Hunter College (if selected)
Friday, March 31, 2017
- April meeting (before end of marking period)
- Prepare for ACT-SO (mandatory)
- Prepare for Google Science Fair (optional)
- Prepare for Stockholm Junior Water Prize (optional)
- Prepare for Brooklyn College Science Day (optional)
- Prepare for JSHS Nationals (if selected)
- Prepare for ISEF (if selected)
- Second marking period service logs
- May meeting (first week of May)
- Exit meeting (last full week of classes)
- Third marking period service logs
- Return your drawer keys
- Other exit topics
- Students will be available to assist sophomore research teachers during their free periods or before or after their regularly scheduled school day. Each period of work counts as one point toward your final grade. A period of work may require a full 45 minutes or a fraction thereof.
- Seniors should plan to complete 5 periods of service in the first marking period, 15 in the second, and 10 in the third or 30 periods for the entire semester. More periods will result in a higher grade — fewer periods, a lower grade.
- Students may perform additional periods of service to substitute for the St. Joseph's College Poster Session or NYCSEF in the event of illness or failure to qualify.
- Examples of acceptable service activities include, but are not limited to …
- Read resumes and cover letters.
- Assist sophomore teachers with the set up and take down of labs, experiments, demonstrations.
- Mentor sophomore students as they prepare for the Midwood Science Fair.
- Speak to the sophomores about how you found your lab and what you did there.
- Computer maintenance.
- Train and assist students of any grade level in SEM imaging
- Seniors will keep service logs. Logs will be checked at monthly meetings and one or two days before the end of each marking period. Totals for each marking period will be recorded by Mr. Elert. Log entries should contain the following information …
- Date and period of service.
- A one sentence description of what was done.
- A start time, end time, and elapsed time.
- A dated signature from the supervising teacher (almost always Ms. Mosley or Ms. Goldstein, sometimes Mr. Elert or Mr. Rosenfeld).
St. Joseph's College High School Poster Session
Saturday, February 4, 2017 [estimated] (poster session)
- Students in this class must participate in this event.
- Register online during your January meeting with your supervising teacher.
- Students who wish to compete as a team must register individually with the exact same project title.
- This event is open to high school students who have completed research in any scientific area during the past year and can present their findings in a poster.
- The posters will be judged by professors and/or scientific professionals and cash prizes will be awarded for outstanding entries.
- The competition is held at St. Joseph's College - New York in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn at 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 on
Saturday, February 4, 2017 [estimated] from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
- This event is sponsored by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
Thursday, November 17, 2016 [estimated] (research paper)
Sunday, February 5, 2017 [estimated] (presentation)
- This competition is limited to 6 projects. Selected seniors may enter for extra credit. Team projects are allowed, but only one member of the team will present. Any other members of the team must be present as observers. Presenters will receive extra credit. Observers will receive "partial extra credit".
- The New York City Metro JSHS is sponsored by York College in Jamaica, Queens. The competition has two parts: a research paper and a PowerPoint presentation.
- Deadline to submit applications and upload documents is
Thursday, November 17, 2016 [estimated].
- Prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the symposium. Presenters will rehearse in January.
- The Symposium will be held at York College
Sunday, February 5, 2017 [estimated] from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
- The top students at the NYC JSHS move on to compete in the National JSHS
April 26–29, 2017 [estimated] in
New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (research paper)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 (poster session)
- Students in this class must enter and participate in this event.
- Read the rules and guidelines to ensure your application will be accepted.
- Begin filling out the application forms as soon as possible. Use the Quick Guide tool to help you identify which forms you will need to submit with your application. The "Research Plan" is now called the "Project Summary".
- NYCSEF will be running a new online registration system in November. Register soon after the new system goes live. All forms will be submitted through the online interface — even those that are written on paper.
- Make the necessary paper copies of your application and research paper including one copy for our records. Use one of the high volume photocopiers with a document feeder in room A200 (Biology Office) or A300 (Physical Science Office). If you are including color graphs, illustrations, or photographs you will have to make the necessary copies yourself.
- Materials will be collected for shipping on
Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Mr. Elert will deliver them to the College Now offices on the 3rd Floor of 16 Court Street the next day —
Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
- This year's Preliminary Round for all students will be held on
Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Shepard Hall at City College.
- The top 25 percent of student researchers from each subject category will be invited to participate in the Finals Round
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Science at the American Museum of Natural History.
- The Awards Ceremony follows 3 days later on
Friday, March 31, 2017 in the
Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
- Approximately twenty students will be selected to represent New York City at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in
Los Angeles, California
May 14–19, 2017.
Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)
Saturday, April 1, 2017 [estimated] (registration)
Saturday, April 15, 2017 [estimated] (poster session)
ACT-SO Competition Categories
|Biology & Microbiology
|Chemistry & Biochemistry
||Music, Instrumental, Classical
|Earth & Space Science
||Music, Instrumental, Contemporary
||Music, Vocal, Classical
||Music, Vocal, Contemporary
|Medicine & Health
- Seniors are expected to participate in this event in a science category and are encouraged to participate in another category. There are 27 total categories including 8 in the sciences. Students may compete in up to 3 categories. A few students should also serve as recruiters.
- The Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a non-profit program sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This program has two major components — regularly scheduled enrichment workshops and the "Olympics of the Mind".
- The science competition consists of a research report and poster session (and paperwork of course). The research report must not exceed 5 pages and is expected to include all the parts of a typical scientific paper (introduction, materials & methods, results & analysis, conclusion & discussion, bibliography). Submit 6 copies at the registration meeting. At the poster session, participants are expected to describe their project in 5 minutes or less.
- Students competing in a science category are only required to attend 1 workshop before the competition. Those competing in other categories need to attend at least 3 workshops. Workshops are held on Saturday mornings in Januar, February, and March at PS 84, 32 W 92nd Street in Manhattan. (Click here for the workshop schedule.) Final project evaluation and registration will also be held at this location on
Saturday, April 1, 2017 [estimated].
- The Olympics of the Mind will be held on
Saturday, April 15, 2017 [estimated] at Midwood High School.
- The awards ceremony will be held on
Monday, May 1, 2017 [estimated] at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St in Brooklyn.
- Gold medal winners move on to the National ACT-SO at the NAACP National Convention
July 22–25, 2017 [estimated]in
Google Science Fair
Monday, May 15, 2017 [estimated] (Google Drive Presentation and Slide Show or YouTube video)
- The Google Science Fair is a global online competition for students aged 13 to 18. Participation in this competition is highly recommended for all eligible seniors.
- Register at googlesciencefair.com on your own or in teams of 2 or 3. You will be asked to input your Google account email address and password. If you do not have a Google account registered using your real name, make one.
- Get a parent's permission to enter. You will need to provide Google with your parent's email. If your parent does not have an email address, you can still register while you wait for your parent to get one.
- Submissions are done using a "project site builder" — basically a template that creates a Google Drive Presentation. Work from the original files you used to create the research paper, poster, and/or PowerPoint you entered into previous competitions. Copy, paste, and modify as needed.
- In addition, students need to create a slide show produced using Google Slides or a video uploaded to YouTube. The official rules say that this part is optional, but this part is required for all participating Midwood students. Slide shows must not exceed 20 slides. Videos must be shorter than 2 minutes.
- Set your documents, presentations, and videos to public so the judges can view them.
- Read the official rules carefully. As always, there are restrictions on projects involving people, animals, biological agents, animal tissues, and hazardous chemicals.
- Human data may only come from pre-existing, publicly available resources; behavioral observations in unrestricted, public settings; or have been recorded in an anonymous/de-identified format.
- Animal data may only come from pre-existing, publicly available resources; observations of behavior in the natural environment; or observations in a university laboratory.
- Only data from organisms in Biosafety Level 1 and lower may be used.
- Only data from established cell and tissue cultures may be used. Meat from a food store, restaurant, or packing house is also allowed.
- No project may involve usage or handling of hazardous chemicals. Chemicals with a safety level of 2 or above are not permitted. The use of carcinogens of any category is strictly banned. Consult an MSDS database for more info.
- Don't mention any brand names or show any company or product logos.
- All photos, videos, and music must be original. Google will know if you obtained any of these items from "the internet".
- Final submission must be approved and witnessed by Mr. Elert on or before
Monday, May 15, 2017 [estimated].
- 90 Regional Finalists will be announced
Monday, July 18, 2016.
- 20 Global Finalists will be announced
Thursday, August 11, 2016.
- Finalist and Event Winners will be announced
Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
Brooklyn College Science Day
Friday, April 21, 2017 [estimated] (abstract registration)
Friday, May 5, 2017 [estimated] (poster session)
- Students who are working at Brooklyn College should participate in this competition — especially if required by their mentors. Other students may be allowed to participate at the discretion of the event organizers.
- Registration instructions will be emailed to participants. Brooklyn College has a minimal webpage for this competition, but it is for public relations purposes only and cannot be used for registration. Complete your application before
Friday, April 21, 2017 [estimated].
- The poster session will be held from 9 AM to 2 PM on
Friday, May 5, 2017 [estimated] at the Student Center (a.k.a. SUBO), which is two blocks away from Midwood on Campus Road.
Midwood High School Science Fair
Thursday, May 25, 2017
All Science Research students participate in this event.
- Bring something to eat or drink
- Participate as contestants
- Juniors and Seniors
- Help set up
- Participate as judges
- Help clean up
- Alumni and Teachers
- Participate as judges
Lab Log Format
- In general …
- Use a hardbound notebook — one that would show obvious damage if a page was removed.
- Number all pages so that missing pages can be spotted.
- Never remove pages from your lab notebook.
- Place important information on the inside front cover.
- Personal information
- Your name, phone number, email address so that a lost lab log can be returned to you
- Your ICE name and phone number (ICE means "in case of emergency")
- Where you work
- Name of primary worksite, location (room number), phone number (if applicable)
- Name of secondary worksite, location (room number), phone number (if applicable)
- Name of tertiary worksite, location (room number), phone number (if applicable)
- Who you work with
- Principal investigator (PI) name, phone number, email address
- Other researcher name, phone number, email address
- Lab manager/technician name, phone number, email address
- Post-doc name, phone number, email address
- Graduate/Undergraduate student name, phone number, email address
- Daily entries
- Time In/Time Out
- Monthly summaries
- At the end of each month, create a table that summarizes the work you did for that month.
|Name of Month
|| ⇐ Total hours for the month
Weighting and Extra Credit Requirements
- In order to receive extra credit for the month (juniors only) or to receive a 1.05 for the semester (juniors and seniors), you are expected to attend lab and/or do lab-related work for at least 4 hours per week (16 hours per month for a month with 4 full weeks).
- A possible option for this time is analyzing articles that are related to your subject similar to the way you reviewed articles for this class.
- For all equipment that you use, you should read the manual from your lab and explain the operating principle behind that piece of equipment.
- For all protocols you should create an extremely simple flow chart of the procedure and identify the final product.
Spring Lab Logs
Lab logs are due at the first meeting of each month.
- January logs are due in February.
- February logs are due in March.
- March lab logs are due in April.
- April lab logs are due in May.
- May lab logs are due in June.
STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Attend an approved STEM lecture
- Attend, listen, and take notes.
- Retain your admission ticket, program, or any other handout given at the lecture.
- Have your photo taken at the event by a teacher or other approved attendance taker.
- Complete this assignment while the lecture is still fresh in your mind. (Print the page before you go.)
- Type up your responses to the questions and submit them to your supervising teacher the next business day along with proof of attendance. Be prepared to discuss the lecture at your next meeting.
Competitions and Events
Participate in STEM competitions or attend STEM special events.
- Review this list at the begining of the school year.
- Find an event or competition you are interested in.
- Tell your supervising teacher what you intend to do.
- Provide evidence of progress or participation for partial credit (when applicable).
- Manage your time effectively. Anticipate Deadlines.
- Provide evidence of completion for full credit.
Last Updated 5 September 2016.
|Mr. Elert (Coordinator)
|Mr. McDonnell (Principal)
|Mr. Rosenfeld (Assistant Principal)