ASR classes attend JSHS at the University of New Hampshire

During March 29-30, both Authentic Science Research classes (1 and 2) attended the annual Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, or JSHS, hosted at UNH in Durham, New Hampshire. Four members of the ASR 2 class were selected to present their research posters while only one was chosen to give an oral presentation to all attendees of JSHS. All five had participated in research internships this past summer and were to present their work at the symposium. ASR teacher Maria Burgess and Ginny Lehar graciously chaperoned the trip.

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ASR, AP Biology classes study roundworms at Harvard

As part of Harvard University’s Life Sciences Outreach Program, both of science teacher Maria Burgess’s Authentic Science Research classes (1 and 2) and science teacher Erica Everett’s AP Biology class traveled to Boston on March 16 to study a particular species of worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. The students first activated a reporter gene in a group of worms prepared by the Harvard staff and visually studied the results. After, the students were tasked with identifying and describing several different mutants of C. elegans.

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Drama cast presents “fIVES” to middle, high school

Nearly a week after performing at Dramafest preliminaries and being chosen to advance to semifinals, the drama cast and crew presented their five-part play to the entirety of the high school and middle school.

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Robotics team presents robot to ASR, Industrial Design classes

Four days before their build deadline, the MERHS robotics team, Robots-by-the-C, presented their basketball-playing robot to physics teacher Kyle Linehan’s Industrial Design class and science teacher Maria Burgess’s ASR class. Both classes learned about the several systems that the machine is comprised of and watched the robot score a few hoops. They even got to witness a repair being performed after a small mechanical problem.

 

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AP Physics builds trebuchets to explore energy concepts

Using thousand-year old technology in a modern-day classroom, Kyle Linehan’s AP Physics class assembled miniature wooden trebuchets as part of a unit on energy. Despite the fact that they were invented so long ago, trebuchets demonstrate several important physics topics working together (kinematics, energy, and momentum). Students used the wooden devices along with knowledge from class to calculate the distance that a piece of clay would travel after being launched.

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