Research Jumpstart Program

Thank you, Weston's Community Scientists:

for helping to “jumpstart” Weston Biology students into research

 

Each spring, scientists from the Weston community come to Weston High School to help 10th grade biology students design and carry out an independent research project (IRP). This annual assignment for the 10th grade biology students requires them to formulate a question, design an experiment(s) to answer that question and follow up with a full lab write up and poster. The scientists lent expertise to help students ask a more eloquent question, design a more thorough experiment, or take an approach to research they would never have realized.

See the Photo Gallery of the 2014 Science Symposium

See the WickedLocal article about the program

 

 

 

Would you like to help “jumpstart” Weston Biology students into research? 

All Weston 10th grade biology students design and carry out an independent research project (IRP) and we hope you would like to be a part of it. This is an annual assignment for the 10th grade biology students that requires them to formulate a question, design an experiment(s) to answer that question and follow up with a full lab write up and poster.  Your expertise in science would help students ask a more eloquent question, design a more thorough experiment, or take an approach to research they would never have realized.

 


Background

Students are at the beginning stages choosing their topics and getting background information in the area of study.  The PTO Science and Math Council has been asked to recruit community members to help the students design their projects. Teachers are not asking you to give thestudents a question to research; rather, to make their questions better.  Students work alone or ingroups of two.Time commitments can be as short as 1.5 hours and as long as 2 days.

 

Advisors will meet with students during regular class blocks in February and will talk with individual students to help them clarify their experiment and research project.  The students will have a preliminary proposal and some background research prepared.  Advisor background should be in science, research, medicine,or other health backgrounds. Volunteers can contact 10th grade bio teacher Janet KreslMoffat for more information.

 

Project Guidelines:

-  80%-90% of the research is done at home, unless there is a reason to do it at school (using the greenhouse, growing bacteria, or piece of equipment the school owns like the following sensors :
02, pH, CO2, temperature, blood pressure, reaction time, sound level meter, respirometer, infraredthermometer, UV light, light meter.)

-  Data records must be kept in a journal - The best projects are ones experimenting on a topic the student is already interested in – a sports activity, an extracurricular interest, a favorite topic in biology or in school

 

Information students will have prepared when researchers come to class. 

-   How is the project connected to biology? 

-   Why is the information valuable? 

-   Can someone make money on this research? 

-   Who would want this research to be done? 

-   Why should we give you a million dollars (Hypothetically) to research this topic?

-   Research from 3 sources

 

Student's  IRP Schedule:

Jan-Feb     Topic defined, library research completed, experimental design sheet is due

Feb-Mar    Make changes to design, journal checks with teachers

March        Rough drafts of lab reports due

April         Final draft of lab reports and Posters due

Early May    Symposium 

 

Units covered in the biology curriculum: 

Ecology 

Biochemistry 

Cell structure 

DNA 

Genetics 

Evolution 

Human Body

 

 
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