Easton High School Students Present at Science Symposium
Students in the PLTW Biological Innovations, Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science courses at Easton High School recently presented their research projects at the annual Science Symposium held in the school media center. After conducting research in a scientific area of interest, students invited their mentors, parents and guardians, school administrators and the general public to an evening event that included a poster session and formal electronic presentations.
Research topics ranged from the medical field to the environment, including titles such as “The Effects of Supplemental Oxygen on Athletes After Exertion”; “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome”; “The Opioid Epidemic”; “The Health Effects of Electronic Cigarettes on the Human Body”; “The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Organisms”; “The Power of a Mindset: How the Way We Think Affects Our Health”; and “Run-off and Algae Blooms in the Chesapeake Bay”.
Teachers Cheryl Overington, Julie Harp and Lauren Rose matched their students with mentors from the community who advised and supported the students throughout their studies.
“I was impressed with how professional the students were and how they really knew their subject matter. Their ability to articulate their research findings was amazing. I am also impressed with all of the mentors from our community who supported our students,” said Pam Clay, Career and Technology Supervisor.
“I find it very rewarding to see our students working at such a rigorous level; our seniors are choosing majors in colleges which parallel the exact area of scientific study that they researched this year in high school,” said LeeAnn Hutchison, Interim Science Supervisor, “and they are serious about pursuing careers that are aligned with those studies.”
Mentors included experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Natural Resources, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Center at Easton, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Lab, ShoreRivers, the Talbot County Health Department, and various psychological and medical organizations. Some students also connected to mentors online rather than in person. These partnerships helped provide students with a balanced, unbiased approach to scientific research, the investigatory approach to learning, and a strong understanding of the strategies and skills needed for appropriate and meaningful action.
The Science Symposium is held annually to celebrate the accomplishments of high school students in the area of scientific research, to recognize the importance of scientists and health care experts as mentors, and to include the public in the educational process.