Senior Science Research


Spring Semester

Spring Meetings for Seniors

Check the big calendar on 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.

  1. February
  2. March
    • March meeting (before end of marking period)
      • Prepare for Terra NYC finals (if selected)
      • Prepare for ACT-SO (optional)
      • First marking period service logs
      • Service options for April
    • Terra NYC STEM Fair
      • Terra NYC Preliminary Round (mandatory) atn/a,Sunday, March 3, 2024
      • Terra NYC Finals Round (if selected) in theNYU Tandon School of Engineering,Saturday, March 23, 2024
      • Terra NYC Awards Ceremony (if selected) atPfizer Auditorium at NYU Tandon School of Engineering,Sunday, April 7, 2024
  3. April
    • April meeting (before end of marking period)
      • Prepare for Brooklyn College Science Day (optional)
      • Prepare for JSHS Nationals (if selected)
      • Prepare for ISEF (if selected)
      • Second marking period service logs
      • Service options for May and June
  4. May
  5. June
    • Exit meeting
      • Third marking period service logs
      • Return your drawer keys
      • Grades and other exit topics

Senior Service

St. Joseph's University High School Poster Session

Saturday, February 3, 2024


Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)


Thursday, November 30, 2023 (research paper)
Sunday, February 11, 2024 (presentation)

Terra NYC STEM Fair


Tuesday, December 19, 2023(research report)
Sunday, March 3, 2024(virtual prelims)
Saturday, March 23, 2024(I.R.L. finals)

24/7 Lecture

Write and/or perform a 24/7 lecture for some combination of the Midwood Science website, press release mailing list, and social media outlets. The idea for this assignment came from the annual Ig Nobel Prize Awards organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Each 24/7 Lecturer explains their topic twice…

First, a complete, technical description in 24 seconds. Then, a clear summary that anyone can understand in 7 words.

Follow these links to see 2 examples and 3 examples of actual 24/7 Lectures.

This can be done as a blog post for the class website, a performance piece for social media, or both. (More credit will be awarded for doing both.)

Blog post

A fast talker could probably squeeze out 2½ words per second or 60 words in 24 seconds. Write a summary of your research project in 60±10 words that is not afraid to use technical language. Then write a 7 word summary that is poetic, clever, or witty. Include at least one original graphic element, which means no artwork "from the internet". A graphic element could be a photograph (natural or staged), a drawing (freehand or technical), or a graph (if it is interesting or has special visual appeal). Also, come up with a very short title for your "lecture".

If you would like to do this part of the assignment, submit it to Mr. Elert via email as a unformatted plain text message with your full-resolution graphic element attached (no copies of photographs of screenshots of images copied into Google Docs forwarded as an attachment to an email). When it is found to be good enough to go on the class website it will be posted for you. After several entires have been posted they will be combined into one message and sent out to the Midwood Science press release mailing list.

Performance piece

Imitate the style of the examples linked above. Reading a script is totally fine. Find someone to be your timer. They don't have to dress like a football referee (unless that's what they do) or use a whistle (although that would be true to the spririt of the original). Have them hold you to a strict time limit. If you exceed it, they need to cut you off abruptly. If you are part of a team, have one member read the 24 second technical description and another read the 7 word summary.

If you would like to do this part of the assignment, submit your recording to Ms. Goldstein.

Brooklyn College Science Day


Wednesday, April 3, 2024 [est.] (abstract registration)
Friday, May 3, 2024 [est.] (poster session)

Midwood High School Science Fair

Add to Calendar

Thursday, May 23, 2024

All Science Research students participate in this event.

Spring Lab Logs

Honors Science Research

Honors credit is available for juniors and seniors who work on their project under the supervision of a mentor (PhD, MD, other qualified professional) affiliated with a regulated research institution (university, hospital, government agency, etc.). Eligible students will have their class grade weighted by 1.05 when their transcript average is computed. (AP classes are weighted by 1.1, in comparison.)

In order to qualify, students need to…

Extra Credit

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Public Lecture

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.

Possible Lectures

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 completion or participation.
  • Manage your time effectively. Anticipate Deadlines.
  • Provide evidence of completion for full credit.

Last Updated 8 September 2022.