Our science teacher’s here at Chrysalis, do an amazing job to make sure science is fun, interesting and to relatable to their lives. One of our junior high science classes, just submitted science essays to the “Biomedical Breakthroughs and My Life,” Middle School Essay Contest. They had to pick one of the following four categories:
How does biomedical research impact you?
Have you (or has someone in your family) benefited from vaccinations, pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, surgery, or transplants?
How does biomedical research affect the health of your dog, cat, or other pet?
How might biomedical research touch your life in the future?
Once students decide on their topics, they then picked a specific subject that interested them and that impacted their life in some way. The students chose to write about breast cancer, celiac disease, tonsillectomies, lung cancer, dialysis, robotic surgeries, hydrocephalus, and asthma. They spent a month learning how to do everything from doing research and citing your sources, to writing the final papers and editing. The papers were amazing, and they hope to do well in the competition!
Their science research papers will be compared against students from around the northwest. Over a 100 research scientists from the community will be judging them. By April 12th, we should find out how they did. Winning entries will be featured in a newspaper article, they will also receive a cash prize and get to spend a day doing hands-on science at a local research facility. Good luck everyone!
Stay tuned for the results!
To learn more about this project: http://www.nwabr.org/students/essay-contest
We are excited to announce that this year, our Advanced Biology students are participating in a citywide program called BioExpo! This is a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to apply their science coursework and be mentored by a real-world expert. In this yearlong program, students choose a field of interest and contact a corresponding science professional to coach and instruct them for a final project. A few of the chosen mentors have included: Physical Therapists, Cancer Researchers, Sports Medicine Doctors, and PHD professors. One student has been invited to sit in on her professor’s college class, and another has received an ongoing hospital position, shadowing her mentor and gaining hands-on experience. These professional relationship builds great connections for the students and opens doors for future jobs.
Throughout this process students learn life skills such as; writing professional emails, practicing interviewing, time management, and organization. Students utilize OpenCourseWare from MIT’s Introduction to Biology throughout the program giving them a glimpse into the college class experience.
This Advanced Biology takes classroom learning to the next level. Check back in as we continue to follow our students progress.