ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- The South Orangetown Central School District recently hosted the Annual Science Research Symposium on in the newly renovated library at Tappan Zee High School.
This authentic science research program allows students to pursue excellence in areas of original research. This year’s symposium showcased research from more than 15 students. Enrollment for next year’s program has already climbed to more than 30 students, doubling enrollment for the third year in a row.
The symposium highlights many projects, including a poster session where students’ research was on display.
Chris Lorusso, a science research teacher, kicked off the evening thanking the Board of Education, administrators, colleagues, parents, and most of all, his students for their support in helping this program stay afloat and flourish over the past few years.
Lorusso also shared how the process for selecting a topic during the students’ first year is open-ended, which became even more evident as students presented their research projects.
Some of the research projects that were on display or presented were How Animals Affect The Human Brain; Neural Prosthetics; 3D Printing Skin Cells On Burn Victims; The Prediction of Earthquakes; Why Is Autism More Common In Males; The Biomechanics of Pitching Baseball; How Can NASA’s Ability to Overcome Failure Teach Us How to Work Through Problems; and the NASA Glogster Research Challenge to create a spin-off technology used on the Hubble Space Telescope to make life better on Earth.
Tappan Zee High School had winners of the NASA Research Challenge where the team of science research students, Jake Laddis, Alexander Li, Isabel Wecht, and Isaac Wecht, entered the contest with thousands of other entrants and won first place in the nation. The team used the Sun Shield technology and coating used on the Hubble Telescope to cool buildings in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
The team is headed to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for a production workshop and awards ceremony this June 28-30.