Huntington High School’s science research program is looking to expand student opportunities as it moves into the new school year. The call has gone out to community residents to serve as volunteer mentors for research students developing projects for regional and national competitions.
Veteran science teachers Lori Kenny and Dame Forbes, who lead the research program have been working closely with department colleagues and with district officials to offer a comprehensive research experience to high school students.
Mrs. Kenny and Mrs. Forbes will be joined this year by department colleagues Deborah Beck and Matthew Liguori, who will be working with students new to the program.
“Through our science research program students will learn how to design and conduct an original research project,” states a program overview. “The course is structured so that students learn research methodologies through literature reviews and laboratory experiences. We offer an exemplary learning experience that enhances the student’s knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, which empowers them as contributing members of both our school community and our greater society.”
Introduction to Science Research Honors “revolves around developing and completing a science project to compete in local, state or national science competitions,” states the 2020/21 high school curriculum guide. “Development of real-world skills, such as oral and written communication, statistical analysis, and technology will be a part of the curriculum. Students will be assessed by a portfolio that includes written work, project proposals, research analysis, and log data entry. Students are encouraged to take this course for successive years.”
A second course named Advanced Science Research Honors is available to those in grades 10-12 who previously completed the introductory class. “Students will continue to develop their skills by learning advanced statistics, formal communication with mentors and professional presentation and written skills for application to advanced competitions at local, state or national science competitions,” states the course description. “There is a focus on the development of skills for individual student interests for both college and career readiness.”
Community residents possessing a background in any science, social science or medical field and who are interested in mentoring a research program student can contact Mrs. Kenny (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Forbes (email@example.com) for more information. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mentors and students will meet in a virtual format setting. “We intend to match students and mentors with similar interests,” Mrs. Kenny said.
This year’s research students are expected to enter a challenging series of competitions. Mentors will play a key role in helping these teenagers reach their potential. “We’ve enjoyed so much community support over the years and it has handsomely benefitted our students,” Mrs. Kenny said. “We hope to continue that partnership during the 2020/21 school year.”