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    If you love Ted Talks, you may especially enjoy their TedEd Lessons. Here you can easily search lessons by student level, by content, length of the video and…

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  • Photo: 2017 2017 HHS Science & Engineering Fair Winner Himanshu Minocha

    Science & Engineering Fair Participation Surges

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    This week, the library hosted the annual high school science and engineering fair. This year’s fair grew markedly in both size and scope from the previous year. The…

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TedEd Lessons

If you love Ted Talks, you may especially enjoy their TedEd Lessons.

Here you can easily search lessons by student level, by content, length of the video and by content. In the top  menu you can easily search by a series of lessons (like the periodic table or writing) or you can become/start a club.

The lessons start with watching the Ted Talk or Youtube video. Then there are some questions under the “Think” section to respond to. After which you can do further research under “Dig Deeper.” This will link to articles or other related videos for the student. Next you can join the discussion and find a bit more information under “And Finally.” There is so much information available on this site. You can also continue to find more information in their blog.

By Chrystal Hoe, Secondary Technology Integration Coordinator, GET & GCI

 

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Science & Engineering Fair Participation Surges

Photo: 2017 2017 HHS Science & Engineering Fair Winner Himanshu Minocha

This week, the library hosted the annual high school science and engineering fair. This year’s fair grew markedly in both size and scope from the previous year.

The total number of projects rose to 28 this year with 13 from freshmen, one of the highest totals of recent memory. Even more exciting for the participants, 12 projects will continue on to the regional science fair March 10. Of that total, half of the projects advancing are the products of underclassmen.

Photo: Participants in 2017 Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Students advancing to
the regional science & engineering fair.

Principal Evan Bishop noted the level of achievement on display, “The quality and amount of the projects is impressive considering the students do this work outside of class. We have double the amount of projects this year.”

The growth and success of the program continued to include some of the high school’s best and brightest students. It even brings back a number of past students.

“I am just so impressed and proud of these projects and the communication skills of these students, solving real world problems. It’s exciting. It’s also exciting to see the number of former graduates come back and participate as judges. I think it really speaks to the kind of community we have here,” said Principal Bishop.

Included in the group advancing will be this year’s top finishers which look similar to last year. First through third place proved a shuffled version of last year’s places with an added team.

Photo: Top Three Places for 2017 HHS Science & Engineering Fair

Top three placed project winners
(From left to right)  Kate Woelflein,
Emma Beale, Himanshu Minocha,
Freya Proudman, and Brian Best.

 

In first place, Himanshu Minocha developed a software application as part of his project Campus Safety Warning and Notification System Using 3D Geofencing.

In second place, Brian Best built upon his project from last year with Music Math: Does Music Follow a Zipfan Distribution?

In third place, the spoils were split. Tied were Freya Proudman continuing her work in the behavioral sciences with her project Young Women’s Optimism for Their Futures and the team of Kate Woelflein and Emma Beale who investigated The Effect of Global Warming in Spider Silk Proteins.

After finishing second as a sophomore, Minocha continued his evolution as a software developer, “I have been building applications since seventh grade. This year I wanted to build a heavier application that would do more complex computations and build upon the computer science knowledge I have gained,” Minocha said.

Last year’s winner and this year’s third-place finisher, Proudman captured the spirit of all the participants, “I think science fair is so special. It’s such a joy to share your research with others. It allows you to explore what you’re passionate about in science. It’s a really wonderful opportunity.”

Photo: 2017 HHS Science & Engineering Fair Mentors

Some of this year’s mentors
(From right to left) Tricia Noblett,
Kristen Baldiga, and Val Lechtanski.

High school chemistry teacher and mentor, Kristen Baldiga celebrated both the students and those involved in making the fair reality. “People have been able to dedicate their time and really step up. It really makes me proud to be in this department,” said Baldiga. “This is really a testament to the work Devon Grilly has done the last few years.”

The science and engineering fair would not be possible without contributions from the science department, the generous support from the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association, Bose Corporation, Perkins Elmer, as well as the many individuals willing to donate their time and energy to helping the students explore science regardless of economic status.

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TedEd Lessons

Friday, March 17, 2017

If you love Ted Talks, you may especially enjoy their TedEd Lessons. Here you can easily search lessons by student level, by content, length of the video and…

Photo: 2017 2017 HHS Science & Engineering Fair Winner Himanshu Minocha

Science & Engineering Fair Participation Surges

Friday, March 3, 2017

This week, the library hosted the annual high school science and engineering fair. This year’s fair grew markedly in both size and scope from the previous year. The…