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Midwood juniors receive $1,200 in grant money from NYIT

Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2021 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

The Mini-Research Grant Award (MRGA) is an initiative of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) that to awards monetary grants to high school students for scientific research projects still in the proposal stage. Four projects by Midwood juniors were selected on Sunday, January 24, 2021— and soon thereafter NYIT sent us a nice check for $1,200.

Which one of these is real beef ☜ Can you tell which of these is real beef? Michelle Yang and Zitong Liu received a grant of $300 for their proposal "Veganism can save the world". Michelle and Zitong are science research free agents attempting to create their own vegan meat substitute. If you are a food scientist and would like to be a mentor to these students, please contact Midwood Science.
Promotional poster Lianhao Zheng, Benny Dong, and Jason Wu received a grant of $300 for their proposal "How does gratitude affect one’s quality of sleep and level of depression?" Lianhao, Jason, and Benny work under the supervision of Dr. Steven Anolik in the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College.
Selfie Bintia Keita received a grant of $300 for her proposal "’Widgets’ potential application for children with autism". Bintia works under the supervision of Ms. Kathleen McDermott and Dr. Scott Fitzgerald in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at New York University.
Zoom screenshot Anne Mai, Tiffany Zhu, and Xiang Qing (Shannon) Wang received a grant of $300 for their proposal "Sleep deprivation and cognitive effects of memory in American adolescents". Anne, Shannon, and Tiffany work under the supervision of Dr. Denis Pelli in the Department of Psychology at New York University.

Check from NYIT to Midwood for $1,200

Three more things

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Brooklyn College, Miscellaneous.

Steve Jobs of Apple used to end his keynote speeches with the phrase "One more thing". Well I can do better than Steve Jobs. I have three more things I want to tell you. Steve Jobs pretended like he almost forgot to tell you Apple's one impressive thing, but I actually forgot to tell you about Midwood Science's three impressive things. (And probably another three, but we'll save them for another day.)

Amna Aslam wins Gold, Jasleen Kaur wins Bronze at NYC ACT-SO

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by for ACT-SO, Awards.

Midwood Science students sweep again at Brooklyn College Science Research Day

Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017 by for Awards, Brooklyn College.

Midwood Science projects strength again at the 2nd Teptu STEM and Entrepreneurship Conference

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood Science projects strength at the 2nd Teptu

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Teptu is a nonprofit organization of (mostly young) entrepreneurs headquartered in New York City dedicated to providing educational opportunities and fostering awareness in both entrepreneurship and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). On Monday, April 3, 2017 Teptu held their second annual STEM and Entrepreneurship Conference (a.k.a. Teptu Brink) at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Over 100 students from about a dozen NYC schools were present for the finals round — including 22 Midwood students. Amna Aslam and Mahmoud Abouelkheir made it into the top 10. Spirits were kept high during the competition with engaging guest speakers and music from an appropriately loud rock band and a soothingly mellow Japanese-American jazz trio. "Not enough snacks" was the only complaint heard.

  • 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.
  • Mahmoud Abouelkheir (Microbiology)
    "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.

Midwood students participate in award winning ACE Mentor Program

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Team 30 from the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City won First Place and $5,000 at the CIRT-ACE Mentor National Design Competition for their New York City shoreline project, "RESILIEN-City". Midwood students William Xie, Adam Abdelhadi, and Jhecy Balansag were members of Team 30. Midwood student Leutrim Cahani was in Team 21.

Members of Team 30 posing in front of a CIRT/ACE backdrop. 2 team members holding posters describing their project on either side. Presenter Denise Calungsod standing center holding a bouquet of flowers.CIRT logo
ACE of Greater NYC/Team 30 at the CIRT-ACE Mentor National Design Competition. The presenter for Team 30 was Denise Calungsod (holding flowers) of LaGuardia High School. Source: CIRT.

The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps prepare high school students for careers in architecture, construction, and engineering through mentoring by industry professionals. ACE teams are made up of 15–30 students and 5–7 mentors from different industry disciplines. Top teams from across the US compete at the National Design Competition, which is organized and judged by the CEO members of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT). This year’s finals round was held on April 28, 2016 at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, DC.

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ACE has grown to more than 8,000 students and 2,500 mentors in 200 cities and 40 states. The ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City has served over 5,000 students in New York and 65,000 students nationwide. 72% of ACE students are minorities and 49% are female. ACE New York has awarded $1,887,000 in scholarships to 915 program graduates. Interested students should apply over the summer or at the start of the academic year.

  • High school students, particularly from under-represented populations, are introduced to careers in the design and construction fields.
  • Teams are made up of 15–30 students and 5–7 mentors from different industry disciplines.
  • A Team Leader sets the project schedule, prepares meeting agendas and may host or arrange the meeting location.
  • At least 15 biweekly meetings are held from 4 to 6 PM during the school year.
  • Mentors present industry overviews, assign activities from ACE’s Best Practices Manual and guide the students through the development of a design project.
  • At the end of the season, students present their project just as a real design team would present to a potential client.
  • Scholarships are awarded to top students at a luncheon in May.

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Midwood Science student Leutrim Cahani of Team 21 describes what he appreciates about the ACE Mentor program in a Skanska USA promotional video on YouTube.

Midwood shows strong in the first year of Teptu

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood Science brought home two of the top five awards at a new competition called Teptu. Kieran Bissessar won one of the two Second Place awards for his project on the disease lupus and Max Miloslavsky won one of the two Honorable Mention awards for his engineering project. Students from Hunter College High School won two awards that evening and Bronx High School for Science had one award winner.

  1. Kieran Bissessar
    "A new perspective on the lupus malady." Kieran worked under the supervision of Dr. Donald Gerber in the Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
  2. Max Miloslavsky
    "MYEXOHAND." Max worked under the supervision of Dr. Victoria Bill in the Department of Student Programs at The Cooper Union.

Group photo with Kieran and Max holding certificates.
Group photo with Kieran and Max holding certificates. Follow this link for more photos on the Teptu website.

Teptu, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting educational opportunities and fostering awareness in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Teptu STEM (sometimes called Teptu Brink) is a new science competition that hopes to build opportunities for upcoming STEM leaders in New York City and South Africa.

New York students submitted research papers to Teptu in February. These were then graded by an online judging panel of professors from top institutions. The top 50 entries were invited to present at a poster session held at Baruch College in March. Students were judged numerous times and were interviewed by the Teptu press corps and several curious Teptu staff. Students were also all asked how their ideas could be used in a business plan. Everyone was asked to imagine themselves as entrepreneurs. It was a unique and thoroughly enjoyable competition.

Follow this link for more videos on the Teptu website or visit their YouTube channel.

Students take on Math Challenge

Posted on Saturday, March 5, 2016 by for Media, Miscellaneous.

Scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 will be awarded to the victors of the 2016 Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. Ten Midwood students competed nationally against other high schools in two teams of five, held on February 27 and 28.

Annually, Moody’s Mega Math Challenge (also known as the M3) organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) tests the intelligence and creativity of high school juniors and seniors. Each high school can have two teams of three to five students who solve a task that challenges their knowledge in applied mathematics. The team has 14 consecutive hours to submit a solution electronically. The papers of the top six teams are posted on the M3 website, each receiving prizes, in which the first place team receives $20,000. The top six finalist teams in the Challenge will be invited to Moody’s Corporation headquarters in Manhattan to present their papers for the final confirmation phase of judging.

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"The M3 Challenge allows students a chance to experience a timely and relevant challenge that requires mathematical modeling and analysis to find a solution," said Ms. Linda Grabowski, the teacher coach for this challenge. "It helps promote STEM education and shows the value of math to solve problems like this. It enables students to experience the challenges that an applied mathematician or someone in a related career choice might face."

This year’s task was focused on car sharing companies and their potential profits, such as Zipcar and Uber. The team members had to generate mathematical and logistical models to present their solution.

Midwood’s first team was made up of seniors Irla Belli, Zhivko Evtimov, Boris Arbuzov, Elizabeth Krazner, and junior Michael Grandel. The second team was made up of juniors Zainab Jamil, Elizabeth Skapley, Jennifer Phu, Nomon Mohammad, and Zainab Salahudin.

Both teams had a similar opinion about the problem, which was deemed to be abstract and diverted from past examples. For example, the 2015 question dealt with college tuition and future success, and the 2014 question dealt with lunch cost and nutrition values.

"I thought that the challenge was very thought provoking and allowed for many theoretical analyses to be made," said Belli. "However, it really tested our capabilities since there was less conventional math involved than we hoped. Since that was the case, we were somewhat caught off guard by the challenge but attempted to seize the moment and work together to produce a solution paper. We approached the problem logically while staying in Starbucks for 11 hours and then going to a friend’s house for the remaining three hours."

These real world problems are normally tackled by experienced applied mathematicians, but this competition presents these problems to students who are expected to provide a solution in 14 hours. This requires versatility from the competitors that is normally present in the mathematicians. Therefore, the inexperience of the competitors promotes dilemmas within the group.

Ms. Grabowski said, "The M3 challenge promotes team-work and brainstorming to come up with many ideas and concepts, but the group has to come to an agreement on one method of attack for their shared solution within the time allocated."

Arbuzov confirmed this, revealing the issues his team faced. He said, "In my opinion, a big issue was a lack of direction from the group. Being previously unexposed to such problems, we struggled to figure out a set plan. This lead to confusion within the group about what we were researching and disagreements of approach. Overall, this culminated in a large loss of time."

The math challenge can also be a representation of how high school prepares their students for the real world. This math challenge exemplifies the high school educational system based on how malleable the students are when it comes to applying what they’ve learned. The competitors from Midwood seem to have contradicting views as to how Midwood’s curriculum prepares them for these situations.

"Midwood prepared us because of the tasks that we do in our classrooms," said Salahudin. "We were taught how to effectively manage our time while working cooperatively with our team. Our end results incorporate our hard work and ideas that came from everyone in the group."

Some students thought otherwise. For example, Evtimov said. "After participating in the challenge, I believe Midwood does not prepare students well enough to survive in real world occupations. Our curriculum is based on the New York State Regents exams, Common Core agenda and the AP exams. None of the classes actually helped us approach this question."

Written by Michael Grandel and Olga Savuk (Class of 2017).
This article originally appeared in the March 2016 edition of Argus.

40% of finalists in new STEM competition are Midwood Science students

Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2016 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Teptu is an organization dedicated to promoting educational opportunities and fostering awareness in both entrepreneurship and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).​ Teptu Brink is a new STEM competition open to students from New York City and South Africa. The 48 NYC finalists were announced on Friday, February 12, 2016 including 19 from Midwood. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 40% for the home team. The Teptu Brink finals event will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Baruch College.

Teptu. NYC & South Africa. Young Leaders Changing the World.

  • Yusra AbdurRob
    Project: "Photoreceptor layer thickness in Parkinson’s disease during circadian rhythm."
    Mentor: Dr. Ivan Bodis-Wollner, Department of Neurology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Urooj Ansari
    Project: "The physical and chemical warfare between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis."
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Kieran Bissessar
    Project: "A new perspective on the lupus malady."
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Leutrim Cahani
    Project: "The role of vitamin D in Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection in human epithelial cells."
    Mentor: Dr. Nicolas Biais, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Xiao Jun (Gloria) Cao
    Project: "The effect of tenofovir on bone homeostasis."
    Mentor: Dr. Bruce Cronstein, Department of Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Matthew Chung
    Project: "Effects of multiple-episode neonatal sevoflurane treatment on adult behavior."
    Mentor: Dr. Ira Kass, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Quetourah Dalencourt
    Project: "How does peer pressure affect one’s perception of beauty?"
    Mentor: Dr. Denis Pelli, Department of Psychology, New York University
  • Michelle Do
    Project: "Location dependent properties of LTP and LTD-like synaptic activity on action potential generation assayed in NEURON."
    Mentor: Dr. Juan Marcos Alarcon, Department of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Xiao Ying Huang
    Project: "Effective synthesis of cyclooctyne compounds: Cyclization and purification of cyclooctynes and a tricarbonyl iron (0) vinylketene complex."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Emily Hui
    Project: "Paternal investment in male-pregnant pipefish Syngnathus fuscus."
    Mentor: Dr. Tony Wilson, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Sana Ilyas
    Project: "Simulating the TBR1/CASK protein interface to understand risk for autism spectrum disorder."
    Mentor: Dr. Richard Bonneau, Department of Biology, New York University
  • Rumsha Javed
    Project: "DNA-damage induced and p53-dependent nucleolin translocation in breast cancer cells."
    Mentor: Dr. Anjana D. Saxena, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College
  • Jessica Lauv
    Project: "To utilize a new lithium reagent derivative to produce hydrazone vinyl ketenes to create steroids."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Shang (Chris) Lee
    Project: "The mechanisms of hydralazine and quinidine on lupus."
    Mentor: Dr. Donald Gerber, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Nga Ying Lo
    Project: "Development of an efficient synthesis of aryl trifluoromethylated compounds and the purification of products produced from reactions with vinylketenes."
    Mentor: Dr. Wayne F.K. Schnatter, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University
  • Christine Ly
    Project: "Capturing cancer cells with the use of microfluidic chips."
    Mentor: Dr. Weiqiang Chen, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Maya Miller
    Project: "Grain v. liquid culture in growing mycelium in contaminated soil."
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Max Miloslavsky
    Project: "MYEXOHAND."
    Mentor: Dr. Victoria Bill, Department of Student Programs, Cooper Union
  • Shanayah Renois
    Project: "Nitrendipine reduces agar invasion in Candida albicans."
    Mentor: Dr. Peter Lipke, Department of Biology, Brooklyn College

Raquel Hosein wins 10 Under 20 Award from the NYC Economic Development Corporation

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood Science alumnus Raquel Hosein (class of 2014) was lauded for her achievement in technology and innovation at the city’s first ever 10 Under 20 Awards. Raquel received this award for a project she began while still in high school — Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy. Raquel worked under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Viventi in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. She is now a student at Brooklyn College.

10 Under 20 award ceremony line up
10 Under 20 awards ceremony. Raquel Hosein, fifth from right.
Photo of the 10 Under 20 crystal award
10 under 20 crystal award. Source: NYCEDC Blog

On June 24, 2015 the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in partnership with CE Week recognized ten entrepreneurial and ambitious young students for demonstrating application-based innovations. The awards ceremony was held at Metropolitan Pavilion and attended by students and families as well as educators and attendees of CE Week.

CE Week is New York City’s largest technology show. "Think Fashion Week meets technology…. CE Week takes a first look at the hottest tech and trends for the upcoming back-to-school and holiday season."

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Midwood Science collects 5 Young Naturalist Awards

Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2015 by for Miscellaneous.

Five Midwood Science students were Semifinalists in this year’s Young Naturalist Awards — a competition for students in grades 7–12 who explore the natural world around them in a scientific manner. Students summarize their findings in a research paper of 1,500–4,000 words which is then judged by a panel of experts. This competition is supervised by the American Museum of Natural History.

This year’s winners were mentored by two professors at Brooklyn College with outstanding histories of support for Midwood Science: Dr. Frank W. Grasso in the Department of Psychology and Dr. Zhongqi Joshua Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Left to right: Monique Powell, Dr. Frank Grasso, Muhammad Abdulla, Victor Lee, Elliot, Yukie Wong

Dr. Grasso’s students and collaborators study the feral population of monk parakeets in and around Brooklyn College. Like many Midwood Science students, these birds are the decedents of recent immigrants. Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) are native to Argentina and surrounding countries but have managed to start numerous, small colonies scattered across North America and Europe. All monk parakeets outside their original habitat are most certainly the descendants of escaped or unwanted pets. Midwood Science students Muhammad Abdulla, Monique Powell, and Yukie Wong studied various aspects of the behavior of these intelligent and entertaining birds.

  • Muhammad Abdulla
    Project: Chamber Analysis of Monk Parakeet Nests.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank W. Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Monique Powell
    Project: Kinematics of the Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) During Courtship Rituals.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank W. Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Yukie Wong
    Project: Seasonal Variation in Group Size of Monk Parakeets.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank W. Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

Left to right: Dr. Theodore Muth, Kate Lenahan, Dr. Jessica Joyner, Lucy Lin, Alonso Córdoba, Wen Li Wang, Jan Mun, Danielle Wagner, Dr. Joshua Cheng

Dr. Cheng’s students and collaborators have been working on ways to clean up contaminated soil in and around the Newtown Creek area on the northwestern border between Brooklyn and Queens. The New York Times reported that an estimated 17 million to 30 million gallons of oil, benzene, naphtha and other carcinogenic chemicals pollute Newtown Creek and a 55 acre, 25 foot deep swath of soil in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Contamination wasn’t due to a single catastrophic release, but was the result of 100 years of lax environmental protection. Midwood Science students Lucy Lin and Wen Li Wang are working on ways to clean up the soil using oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). Lucy and Wen Li worked alongside and under the supervision of Ms. Kate Lenahan (Research Assistant), Ms. Danielle Wagner (Lab Technician), and Ms. Jan Mun (Media Artist and Director of The Greenpoint Bioremediation Project).

  • Lucy Lin
    Project: Degradation of TPH-Diesel in Soil through Mycoremediation.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi Joshua Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Wen Li Wang
    Project: Remediation of Contaminated Soil in Urban Environments with Pleurotus ostreatus and Microorganisms
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi Joshua Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College

SMART Team presents at symposium

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by for Miscellaneous.

Midwood High School’s SMART Team worked hard over the year to prepare for their symposium at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx on May 18, 2014. (SMART stands for Students Modeling a Research Topic.) The Midwood team modeled the Streptococcal M protein for their presentation. Dr. Whitney Macdonald, a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis at The Rockefeller University, helped the team research and model the protein. Ms. Ross was the supervising teacher at Midwood. Seven other high schools also participated in the symposium. Midwood’s presentation was exceptionally unique, with personally made drawings to accompany a storyline that would help explain the abilities of the M protein.

Press release by Carmine See
Member of Midwood’s SMART Team

Stefanie Henry wins 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

After months and months of lab work, Stefanie Henry has so much to show for it. She went to the Philadelphia Convention Center for three days in April and May. She was there for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology where she was selected as a 2014 Neuroscience Research Prize winner — one of four in the nation. Stefanie was interviewed for a video, which was on display during awards luncheon on the last day of the conference. She also participated in a poster session where other scientists in the field came by to question her about her research. Stefanie may be the only Midwood student to ever win this award.

"It was an amazing experience, I met a lot of phenomenal people and one person approached me about an international PhD program they believe I can get involved in after I graduate from college," said Stefanie. "I feel honored to have been selected and look forward to continuing my research and gaining more opportunities to share my findings with as many people as I can."

Press release written by Saba Shaki

Raquel Hosein wins NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Raquel Hosein received an Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Recipients were selected based upon their computing talent, leadership skills, academic ability, and future education plans. Awards were presented at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan on Friday, May 9. Each recipient receives two awards, one for themselves and one for their school’s trophy case. Bloomberg also contributed a set of Beats by Dre headphones, a Pebble Smartwatch, and other swag. Raquel is the first Midwood Science student to win this award.

Contributed by Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

Raquel Hosein shows off her award and swag at Bloomberg headquarters in Manhattan.
The 2014 receipients of the Award for Aspirations in Computing in New York City.

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

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!

  • Kharene Gittens
    Project: Removing lead and arsenic from contaminated soil.
    Mentor: Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College
  • Samuel Genchikmakher
    Project: Effect of an audience on the calling behavior of monk parakeets.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Tasnim Halim
    Project: Myiopsitta monachus, the monk parakeet, prefers Rosaceae, fruit tree wood, for nest construction.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College
  • Jeffrey Tsui
    Project: Brooklyn monk parakeets respond to recorded alarm calls from Florida, Uruguay, and Brazil.
    Mentor: Dr. Frank Grasso, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College

Midwood Students place first in State STEP Competition

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Midwood seniors Kiara Nuñez and Sade Seidu with Crystol Thomas from the Preparatory Academy for Writers in Queens were finalists at the Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) Statewide Student Conference held in Albany from March 28–30. They received First Prize in the Senior Division of Human Services for their project, "Limited Access: How much do you know about Diabetes?" Kiara, Sade, and Crystol were supervised by Mr. Carlos Restrepo at the New York University School of Medicine. Approximately 60 New York State universities participate in STEP, which is funded by the New York State Department of Education.

Sade Seidu (Midwood) and Kiara Nuñez (Midwood)
with Crystol Thomas (Preparatory Academy for Writers)

Raquel Hosein represents Midwood at 2014 Arduino Day

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

On March 29, Arduino devotees from all around the world gathered together to celebrate the tenth annual Arduino Day. This year, a senior from Midwood High School, Raquel Hosein, presented her project Application of a Wireless Electrical Device for the Detection of Epilepsy at 3:30pm at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It was a great opportunity and memorable experience for Arduino lovers to present their work to others.

Submitted by Almas Shafiq
Mayor of the City of Midwood

Design a Brain Experiment Competition

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 by for Extra Credit, Miscellaneous.

Updated Thursday, October 17, 2013.

The Dana Foundation invites you to participate in its third annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. The challenge is to design an original human brain-related experiment that will test creative theories on daily brain activity, brain diseases, brain functions and malfunctions. Experiments will be judged on creativity and originality as well as adherence to the scientific method.

This is to be a research proposal — not a completed (or even started) experiment. Entries must be submitted by a supervising teacher. A supervising teacher may not submit more than 5 proposals. Students can enter as individuals or as a group. The competition guidelines use the word “classroom” a few times, but a group entry does not need to be made by a whole class. Proposals must not exceed 4 pages in length (plus 1 page for references or 5 total pages). Supervising teachers must submit entries to no later than Friday, January 17, 2014. Winners will be announced during Brain Awareness Week March 10–16, 2014.

The Dana Foundation is devoted to promoting an interest in the brain and research in schools across the country. They also sponsor the New York City Regional Brain Bee in February. The Brain Bee is like a spelling bee but instead of spelling words, students are challenged to answer questions about the brain. More info on that competition later.

Jenny Ng wins Midwood’s first Young Naturalist Award

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by for Awards, Miscellaneous.

Young Naturalist Awards

Jenny Ng was a semifinalist in the Young Naturalist Awards competition sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History for her project "Will Mudballs Containing Effective Microbes Improve Water Quality in Ponds?" She was mentored by Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Brooklyn College. The Young Naturalists began in 1998 as a way to reward middle and high school students for outstanding research done in the natural environment. Jenny is the first Midwood Science student to win an award in this competition ever!

Jenny Ng, Solomon Chan, Priscilla Deng
Jenny Ng (left) with Solomon Chan (Midwood) and Priscilla Deng (Murrow)

DNA Day Essay Contest – Deadline Approaching

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, Miscellaneous, Seniors.

DNA Day Essay Contest

The deadline for the essay contest is Monday, March 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST. Essays need to be submitted by a teacher on behalf of the student. Each teacher is limited to submitting three student essays (per question). For more information visit …

2009 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Miscellaneous, NASA.

  • Anika Ahmed
    was awarded Honorable Mention in the DNA Day competition sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics.
  • Avner Aronov
    was awarded first place in the Con Edison Go Green Essay Contest and received $200.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry at the Brooklyn High School Chemistry Day held on October 23rd, 2009 (10/23 a.k.a. "Mole Day") at Brooklyn College.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was also declared a First Prize Winner and Gold Medalist in the 2009 New York City ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in the biochemistry category.
  • The teams of Farhana Pinki & Lima Nusrat and Sharmin Rahman & Michael Pimpinella
    were semifinalists in the NASA Dream Experience contest.
  • Farhana Pinki
    was selcted to participate in NASA’s INSPIRE Online Community and received a laptop computer. (INSPIRE stands for Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience.)
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