These teenagers just love science and they want to share their enthusiasm with others. So members of Huntington High School’s Science National Honor Society chapter trekked over to Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School one recent afternoon to work with students there as they develop projects for this year’s science fair.
Accompanied by the organization’s faculty advisors, Lori Kenny and Dame Forbes, the teenage science whizzes took delight in working with their younger counterparts, who proved to be a creative bunch.
“Their ideas were unique with not one topic similar to another,” said Mrs. Kenny about the STEM students, who have participated in some type of science fair for several years. “The creativity in the room was astounding. The students are now on the beginning track to forming what could be their most exciting project yet.”
Senior Rachel Moss led the contingent of SNHS chapter members to the STEM school, displaying a set of organizational skills second to none. Her efforts helped the outreach initiative unfold smoothly.
“Working with the STEM school students was both a fun and fulfilling experience,” said Ms. Moss, who serves as president of Huntington SNHS chapter. “The kids were so excited to share their project ideas and we were all eager to help.”
The two groups of students really hit it off with one another during the collaboration. “Our society’s members are highly informed about the world of science and their underlying knowledge was a huge asset to the STEM students,” Mrs. Kenny said. “Many of our members have already taken or are taking classes in Advanced Placement Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Environmental Science. Whether an expert in a specific field or not, each member brought something new to the collaboration, which is what made this experience a special one.”
The SNHS members plan several more trips to Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School during the coming months to provide additional assistance to their younger counterparts as they go about designing their science fair projects. “The road is long, but like a science experiment it will be conquered one step at a time,” Mrs. Kenny said.
(Huntington senior Nolan Piccola, a science research program intern, contributed to this story.)