BFA High School Students Present Research

Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings.

Indicator of Success – Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.

BFA Seniors Jordan Hoffman and Lyndsay Potter brought home 1st Place honors in High School oral presentations at the Research on Adaptations to Climate Change (RACC) Science Symposium at the Sheraton, Burlington.  The event hosted by the Center For Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) at St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont is the culmination of a yearlong research program BFA students participate in under the guidance of HS Science teacher Thomas Lane.

Jordan Hoffman and Lyndsay Potter answer questions after their oral presentation at the RACC Symposium.

Jordan Hoffman and Lyndsay Potter answer questions after their oral presentation at the RACC Symposium.

Opening slide of Jordan and Lyndsay’s presentation.

Opening slide of Jordan and Lyndsay’s presentation.

Data showing relationship between temperature and phosphate levels at Black Creek, E. Fairfield, VT

Data showing relationship between temperature and phosphate levels at Black Creek,
E. Fairfield, VT

RACC High School Program description:

The High School Program offers students and teachers the opportunity to participate in current research. Through involvement in the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) research program, participants develop skills in scientific methods and Earth systems thinking and experience what it is like to be a scientist.

BFA Students Jordan Hoffman and Emily Pomichter work with high school teams from CVU and Long Trail School measuring water velocity as part of summer training 2013 with RACC in Shelburne, VT.

BFA Students Jordan Hoffman and Emily Pomichter work with high school teams from CVU and Long Trail School measuring water velocity as part of summer training 2013 with RACC in Shelburne, VT.

Student teams

  • Attend a training week during summer break (room, meals and training provided) at St. Michael’s College.
  • Learn research methods and skills,
  • Learn and experience how a research team functions,
  • Investigate a research question of their own design during the school year, and
  • Attend the annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium and present research findings together with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the spring.

Link to website:  http://www.uvm.edu/~epscor/new02/?q=node/891

Jordan Hoffman collects soil samples for  analysis at Black Creek in East Fairfield,  VT

Jordan Hoffman collects soil samples for
analysis at Black Creek in East Fairfield, VT

Lyndsay and Jordan check the ibutton sensor and collect water samples at Mill Brook.

Lyndsay and Jordan check the ibutton sensor and collect water samples at Mill Brook

Congratulations to BFA student scientists!

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