Course Description

Science Research Program – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Full Year – Level H: Incoming freshman and sophomore students must apply for admission to this program in January of the prior academic year. Acceptance into the program will be based on a science teacher recommendation, a written essay, and excellent academic grades.

This is an ongoing program that is taken in conjunction with the student’s regular science course. There are several tiers to the program. During Year 1 students learn the components of scientific research including the scientific method and apply these concepts in various settings including designing and conducting an authentic science research project and communicating results by participation in at least one local science fair. Students also explore various applications of science topics through field trips, guest speakers and class projects. Advanced students (Years 2-4) select their science research topic, locate an out-of-school mentor (either in industry or at a local university) and compete in a variety of science fairs including the CT State Science Fair, Southern CT Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (SCSEF) and the CT Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (CT JSHS). Advanced students pursue their selected research in depth, perform statistical analysis and compete at a number of local and/or national science fairs and competitions. In Years 2, 3, and 4 students are grouped together in a non-traditional classroom setting and are required to meet individually outside of class with their Science Research Instructor biweekly to review individual goals and assess progress. All students participate in the culminating annual activity, Amity’s Science Symposium.

Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 Amity Science Symposium

Our 8th Annual Science Symposium was a fabulous success! Discuss what your personal experience was preparing for and participating in the symposium by answering the following:
1. How did this symposium compare to others in the past? If this was your first Amity Science Symposium, was it what you expected? Explain.
2. What contribution did YOU make towards helping the symposium run smoothly (set up, planning, organizing, tributes, break down, program, certificates, food etc...).
3. How many guests (that you invited) were able to come and what was their impression?
4. If you did NOT attend the symposium, what did you do instead? Explain.
5. Prof. Jason Hancock, UConn Professor of Physics, discussed "Big Science". What was your overall impression of the Keynote presentation? Did you enjoy the topic? Was it delivered at, above or below your understanding/ability or comfort level? Why or why not? Would you be interested in pursuing research in this area?
6. What did you think about the quality and diversity of student presentations and topics?
7. Lastly, list one thing you liked BEST about the symposium (be specific) and one IMPROVEMENT that you would like to see for next year. Your BLOG post is due by the end of the first post-symposium class period.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Trancendent Man Video - Mr. Lazzaro's Class

Please answer the following  questions in a brief essay.

Is the singularity inevitable?  If so, when will it occur?  If not, why not?

Will the development of AI and related technologies ultimately be positive or negative?

Should we proceed with the development of AI, brain implants, and related technology?  Is it simply part of the evolutionary process?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

STEM Video Reflection

Over the last week or so, we watched a number of STEM related videos in class. Using the Bloom's Taxonomy generated questions below,  reflect on each of the movies individually. Include specific detail and evidence for argument (where applicable). If you were not in class due to SBac testing, please state that clearly in your response. If you only saw half of a movie (missed one day) answer the questions based on what you did see.

1. Describe the movie's 3 most memorable moments.

2. Give 3 or more examples of STEM related content discussed within the movie. Explain.

3. Differentiate the 3 movies from one another. Include discussion of our modern day vantage point.

4. Critique each movie individually based on a) content b) merit c) personal preference

Movie List

Modern Marvels: The Manhattan Project - History Channel
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubric Film
Transcendent Man - Ray Kurzweil

Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 SCSEF

Please reflect on the following (each question in detail):

1.  What was your overall impression of the SCISEF Fair? Specifically, what things did you enjoy about the fair? Did the fair meet your expectations? In what ways was it similar or different to what you anticipated or experienced in the past?

2.  What was the judging process like? Were the judges fair and helpful?

3.  What was the most helpful comment from the Judges? Least helpful?

4.  How was the food (breakfast and lunch)?

5. Did you enjoy the Keynote presentation by David Pogue? Explain.

6. In what way(s) do you think the Mock Science Fair helped prepare you for the fair?

7. Did you learn anything new about your project? If so, what can you do to improve it for the next fair? 

8. Did you have time to view other student projects? Which project(s) left a lasting impression? why?

8. Did you talk to students from other schools? Explain.

9. What can we do to better prepare students for upcoming science fairs, if anything?

10. Overall on a scale of 1 (terrible) to 5 (amazing) --> How enjoyable was your SCSEF experience?

Thank you

Monday, November 18, 2013

2013-14 Year 1 SRP Research Proposals

Please place your 2013-14 Research Proposal on this Post. Proposals should be approximately 250 words. Be sure to include your name (or initials) and research title followed by a single paragraph including:


Research Question
Location/Mentor (if applicable) 

Your name (if posting as anonymous)