Students in the Manchester Essex Green Team have created a simple yet effective environmentally friendly garden, out of the normal growing season. Their goal is to provide and create organic food for students. The definition of hydroponics is a subset of hydro culture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil.
As an introduction to their unit on primates, students tried to accomplish fine motor tasks with fake claws attached to their fingers. One of the characteristics that all primates, including humans, have is having nails instead of claws, as well as sensitive tactile tissue at the ends of their digits. This allows primates to manipulate objects precisely.
Some of the tasks were to pick up dimes off a flat surface, tie knots in a string, thread a needle, and write a sentence with a short pencil. The students struggled with the tasks and were able to compared the experience to their usual “non-clawed” hands. Students were timed during the tasks with Devon Musgrave-Johnson as the winner of the “Claw Olympics”.
The students then learned about the rest of the characteristics, such as binocular stereoscopic vision and large brain to body size ratios. They then each picked groupings of primates to research for a class presentation.
Tuesday march 24th students in Biology teacher Erica Everett’s B block class worked together on a lab on evolution and natural selection. Students filled out a chart afterward on how peppered moths work with Darwin’s Theory on Evolution.
As an introductory project to the course, design teacher Caroline Epp had her industrial design class come up with creative solutions to help polar bears whose habitats are being affected by climate change. After giving the students time to do research and construct their creation, the class partook in a group session of critiquing each other’s creations.
Congratulationsto the following ASR II students for being selected to present their ASR summer research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at UNH on March 26-27. The title and location of their presentations are included below.
Patrick Byrne, ”Constructing a Radio-Controlled Ornithopter Prototype and Three-Dimensional Model”, Worcester Polytech Institutue
Sam Creighton,“Design and Testing of Laboratory Experiences for an Introductory Mechanical Engineering Course”, Boston Univ
Leo Gallo de la Paz,“Designing Cost Effective Wind Turbines”, MIT
Aidan Lyons,“Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon Infomercial”, Nat’l Oceanic & Atmospheric Association
Lucas Martz,“The Effects of Perfluorinated Compounds PFOS and PFOA on Beluga Whale Immunity”, Univ of Connecticut
Jacob Przesiak, “Modeling the Spectral Energy Emissions of Blazars BLLAC and OJ287 By Data Fitting Observed Spectral Emissions From Internal Shock Events”,Boston Univ
Alex Tognazzi,“Chemical Analysis of a Community’s Drinking Water”, North Andover Water Treatment Facility
Julia Whitten,“General Versus Specific: A Study on the Advantages and Disadvantages of the MitoCarta Set and the Allelic Set for Gene Analysis for Huntington’s Disease”, Mass General Hosp
On Thursday February 5th, John Bannister-Marx’s eighth grade engineering class worked on constructing miniature residential homes. The students designed a bird’s eye view of the interior of the one floor home any way they liked, but they had to scale sizes down to being able to fit on a one 1×1’ piece of cardboard.
After conducting research on MHD radiation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lloyd Waites presents his finding to several classes at the High School including ASR teacher Maria Burgess. He explained the effect of radiation on asteroid orbits.
On Tuesday December 16 and Wednesday December 17, chemistry students completed a lab finding the mole measurements of iron and copper sulfate. The lab taught the students how to accurately measure substances in order to receive the best results.