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Science Seminar at Wachusett Regional High School


Science Seminar is currently enjoying its 55th year at WRHS.  The goal of Science Seminar is to expose students interested in science to a wide range of science topics, current research, and opportunities to improve their own research and experimental projects. This organization meets every Tuesday night from 7 PM to 9 PM.  During the first hour, students listen to a speaker. Generally, the speaker is a working scientist sharing his/her research. Speakers are from all areas of science. During the lecture hour of Seminar students learn about current research.  This allows them to gain more knowledge in all scientific fields.  Students are also encouraged to evaluate other scientific and technological evidence and explanations. 

During the second hour, students work with advisors to get advice on their Science Fair projects.  Advisors to Science Seminar are not WRHS faculty, but scientists from the community who volunteer their time and expertise.





Winning students at the WRHS Fair are eligible to attend the Regional Science Fair at WPI.  Those winners go on to the State Science Fair at MIT.  WRHS has had several students represent the state of Massachusetts at the International Fair.


All science curricula at Wachusett include an inquiry approach as set by the learning standards.  Science Seminar builds on this knowledge gained in the classroom.  In designing their independent science project Seminar students make decisions about the range and number of independent variables and how to control other variables in designing experiments. They select and use common and specialized tools to measure the dependent variable and select appropriate methods of recording and interpreting data.  Many students borrow sophisticated equipment from the classroom to carry out their experiment.  They apply measurement and data collection techniques they have learned, as well as analysis and interpretation of data through the use of tables, models, demonstrations and graphs. From this interpretation of their data they must draw conclusions for which there is supporting evidence and understand that any conclusions can be challenged by further evidence.  When they enter the science fair and explain their project to the judges they must select appropriate means for representing, communicating, and defending a scientific and technological argument. 





    Week of September 10th-Exam-please ask your science teacher for specifics.Exams given in rooms D115, D107

     Nov. 3rd Speaker-  First Meeting and Advising - Introductions and Information

     Nov. 10th Speaker- No Seminar

FORM NIGHT FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

     Nov. 17th Speaker-  Kristen Fitzgerald - Talking on COVID Data Analysis

      Nov. 24th Speaker- No Seminar Thanksgiving
      


    Dec. 1st Speaker- Speaker
             FORMS DUE FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

    Dec. 8th- No Seminar

    Dec. 15th - Speaker  - Lihua Yang
    Dec. 22nd- No Seminar
    Dec. 29th - No Seminar

  

   Jan. 5th- Speaker - Evan Mizerak  

    Jan. 12th  - No Seminar
  
    Jan. 19th  - Speaker

   Jan. 26th  No Seminar

   Feb. 2nd  Speaker
  
   Feb. 9th  No Seminar

   Feb 18th- No Seminar Vacation

   Week of Feb 23rd WRHS Science Fair

    Week of March 6th- Wachusett Regional Science and Engineering Fair, WPI

Week of May 1st Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, MIT





Entering Science Fair??  Form tutorial --click here.

Science Fair FAQ---click here











Meeting Times

  • Every Tuesday evening 7-9 pm
  • Speaker 7-8 pm
  • Advising session 8-9 pm


Place

Rooms H103-H105

at WRHS

(Come in the Gym doors -these two rooms are right next to the Nurse’s office)





Advisors:


Dr. Lou Trostel, Ceramic Engineer, Norton-St. Gobain, retired. ljtjr@att.net


Dr. Harry Strock, Materials Scientist, retired.  hbstrock@mac.com


Dr. Meg Hoey,Pofessor of Biology at Fitchburg State University.  mhoey@fitchburgstate.edu


Dr. Mark Birnbaum.

Professor of Biology, Merrimack College

mark.birnbaum@merrimack.edu


Dr. Bill Theurkauf, Cell Biologist, UMass Medical School.  william.theurkauf@umassmed.edu


Mr.and Mrs. Whitmore, retired from Shrewsbury High School
davidw7111@verizon.net

Mark Goehl
Engineering Consultant
mwgoehl@gmail.com

Melissa Goehl
Engineering Program Manager Bose Corp.
Melissa_Goehl@bose.com

Carol Sullivan, Physics Teacher, Emeritus Dept Head retired from Wachusett 
carol_sullivan@mac.com