Student Science Savvy Showcased

May 10, 2016 — Some 200 students will present the results of their research in current science classes during NMH’s ninth annual Science Symposium. The popular annual event will take place Wednesday, May 11, from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Cutler Science Building.

Students in introductory and advanced physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental science courses will give poster presentations throughout Cutler. The campus community and visitors are invited to hear students talk about their work in small groups, and to ask questions. 

Students taking elective science courses are especially highlighted, according to Science Department Chair David Reeder. “This year, students in the new Science of Farming class taught by Mary Hefner will present their exciting projects from this spring, and the STEM Physics class taught by Tabatha Collins will present their detailed proposal for generating more solar power on campus,” he says. “Other highlights will include the ever-popular AP Chemistry show and student projects from Donald Marshall's calculus classes.”

Award-winning projects from last year’s Science Symposium covered topics including macroinvertebrates that indicate water quality, how the 3D glasses used at movies allow us to perceive two-dimensional images in three dimensions, the ethics of using children as bone-marrow donors, and creating a “harmonograph.”

Updated May 20, 2016 — 2016 Award Winners

Research category winner
Project: “Methods of Plot Management” by Lucas Cosman, Jamie Dorsey, and Emma Lindale
Teacher: Mary Hefner; Course: The Science of Farming

These students designed and implemented an experiment to test the agricultural efficacy of “companion planting” and tilling the soil, versus leaving the soil intact.

Presentation category winner
Project: “Solar power for the NMH campus” by students in the STEM physics classes
Teacher: Tabatha Collins

Students in Collins’ STEM physics classes worked this semester on preparing a detailed plan for generating 15% of the electricity that our campus uses through solar power. They researched the best site locations, technologies, and incentives that would support a significant investment in renewable energy for our school that would pay dividends for many years going forward. They then presented the results of their research for the science symposium, as well as members of our school’s senior staff and the Board of Trustees.

View photos of the 2016 Science Symposium.