Weston High School
Science Research Symposium
Featuring experiments and projects by budding scientists
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 7-8pm
High School Cafeteria
Sophomores answered burning questions such as:
What is the effect of the pH in different beverages on tooth decay?
How do herbicides affect aquatic black worm pulse rate?
How does ocean acidification affect shell degradation?
Is our ability to distinguish flavor influenced by color?
Why did my children purchase E.coli with my credit card?
Click on the link at the left to learn more about Research Jumpstart
Thanks to all for joining our
and Open House of
Weston High School’s
New Science Wing
November 3, 2012 - 11:00-3:00
Special thanks to our Keynote Speaker
George Q. Daley, M.D.
and to the students, faculty and parents who provided
Tours - Live Lab Demonstrations
Hands on Ac tivities for Children
Congratulations to the students
who were recognized by the Science Department
for excellence in 2012
Science Undergraduate Achievement Awards and awards for Departmental Excellence are given in recognition of academic achievement, exemplary contribution to the learning environment, and/or noteworthy academic growth over the course of the school year.
Click on the link at the left to see the recipients of all the 2012 departmental awards for Science.
How do scientists use bacteria to produce novel proteins
by recombinant DNA technology?
Students in DNA Science/Biotechnology recently completed a lab series in which E.Coli bacteria were genetically engineered to produce an important protein used in research today, Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP). After performing cell lysis of the engineered bacteria, the GFP was purified by hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC). This photo shows a drop of the glowing green protein being eluted from the HIC column under ultraviolet light. The protein is used extensively in research today to label other molecules being studied in order to detect their presence and movement in living cells.
Photo courtesy of senior, Chad Cohen
Environmental Science students visit MWRA/Deer Island o
Environmental Science students on their field trip to MWRA/Deer Island on Nov 15th.
In the photo the seniors are in front of the big egg-shaped digesters.
"Physics Thirst? A Survey of Ninth-Grade Physics Students"
co-authored by WHS Junior, Grace Huckins, and Science Department Physics Teacher, Dr. Boris Korsunsky.
in the April 2011 issue of The Physics Teacher
The article is based on Grace's independent research project, carried out the summer of 2010 under Dr. Korsunsky's supervision, in which the performance and the attitudes of the 9th-graders toward physics was analyzed. "I think that, while our conclusions may be subject to debate, the data are quite interesting and help shed some light on the students' thinking in choosing the particular level of physics," says Dr. Korsunsky.
Click here to read the article
Welcome to the Weston High School's Science Department home page.
Click on one of the menu items on the left to learn more about the program.
Science is a discipline that builds knowledge and skills over the years, culminating in a solid understanding of scientific principles and practices upon graduation.
Students are required to take three years of science and must pass a Science MCAS exam in order to graduate.
The science and technology program is designed to produce scientifically literate students who will understand the scientific method and the tentative nature of scientific truth. They will learn some of the major concepts, laws, and theories of the various sciences. The majority of students follow the sequence: Introductory Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. For students who are ready for greater rigor, the department offers honors courses each year. Eighth grade students whose academic record is clearly superior will be invited to take Honors Physics in the ninth grade. Students who excel in any science class will be invited to take an honors course the following year.
Click below for links to curriculum resource pages:
Click here to be directed to the District Curriculum and Instruction page.
Note on photo at right:
This photograph, created by David Levine (class of '09) won the third place in the national Photo Contest of the American Association of Physics Teachers. The photo demonstrates the path of the Sun across the sky; it was taken over 45 days with a pinhole camera that David constructed himself.
Dr. Larry Murphy, Department Head