Science Focus Program students learn lessons in research - and much more
Flexural Strength, Elasticity and Occupational Uses for Starch Based Plastic. Distribution and Diversity of Forb Species from Eastern to Western Nebraska. How did British Policies and Weapon Advancements Affect India in the 19th Century? Fossil Diatom Evidence from Miocene Sea-ice Development in the Southern Ocean.
Those were just a few of the mind-blowing research topics explored in depth by seniors at the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program this year. They presented their findings May 2 at the annual Senior Research Night, held at the program’s home at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.
The 17 students spent more than a year working on these projects. In the end, they produced a report - some as long as 50 pages - that included extensive background information; a description of their procedure for collecting data; their data organized into tables, with descriptions; an analysis section; a conclusion; and an abstract. They also created posters and a short presentation for Senior Research Night.
“It’s more representative of college-level work,” said Emily Rose Seifferlein, science teacher and department chair at the Science Focus Program, now in its 21st year.
“It kind of completes that scientific process for us," she added. "It’s how we do science in the real world and it’s how we communicate science in the real world so we want to model that here at the Science Focus Program."
Students also learned lessons they can apply to life beyond science.
Dana Clements studied the water quality of eight different bodies of water in and around Lincoln. In the end, her findings were inconclusive - but that doesn’t mean it was a failure. It may sound cliche, she said, but she learned to persevere.
“I learned how to create my own project and my own procedure and stick with it until the end, which is something I think you can apply to everything in life,” said Clements, whose home school is Lincoln Southeast High School and who plans on majoring in theater at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Saahil Niazi, from Lincoln North Star High School, and Ryan Strom, from Lincoln Southwest High School, partnered on their project to create a model magnetic levitation train. In the end, they succeeded - but it wasn’t easy.
“It pretty much taught us that failure is essential,” Niazi said. “You can’t have success without the failures first.”
The complete list of the Science Focus Program seniors and their research projects:
|Caleb Dick||Lincoln High||Relationship Between Sound and Windings of a Guitar Pickup|
|Maggie Ramsay||Lincoln High||Flexural Strength, Elasticity, and Occupational Uses for Starch Based Plastic|
|Maxine Parry||Lincoln High||A Survey of Nebraska’s Wild Bees|
|Lydia Regier||Lincoln High||Distribution and Diversity of Forb Species From Eastern to Western Nebraska|
|Megan Soldatke||Lincoln East||Frequency of Rodents in Suburban Environments|
|Dana Clements*||Southeast||Water Quality Testing of Small Bodies of Water In and Around Lincoln, NE|
|Saahil Niazi||North Star||Maglev Train Model|
|Ryan Strom||Southwest||Maglev Train Model|
|Zakk Hoferer||North Star||We Built A Tiny House|
|Indigo Mathes||Southeast||We Built A Tiny House|
|Aden Whipple||Lincoln High||How did British Policies and Weapon Advancements Affect India in the 19th Century|
|Jihan Aljinabi||North Star||Health of A Chicken's Egg Using A Different Diet|
|Lea Olexo||Lincoln High||Genetic Personalities in Fancy Rats|
|Ben Kisicki||Lincoln High||Fossil Diatom Evidence From Miocene Sea-ice Development in the Southern Ocean|
|Sebastian Newman||Lincoln High||Hurricanes and Climate Change|
|Colleen Arnold||Lincoln High||Academic Performance Versus Self Esteem Among College Students|
|Phoenix Canby||Southeast||Emotional Regulation in High School Age Children|
Published: May 7, 2019, Updated: May 13, 2019