Science Seminar at Wachusett Regional High School

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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.

Meeting Times

  • Every Tuesday evening 7-9 pm

  • Speaker 7-8 pm

  • Advising session 8-9 pm

  • NOTE WE WILL BE MEETING REMOTELY IN 2021-2022

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

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

Dr. Graham Ansell - Organic Chemist/Consultant - gansell7@gmail.com

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.

Seminar Schedule

Week of September 13th-Entrance Exam-please ask your science teacher for specifics.Exams given in rooms D115, D107

Oct. 19th - 1st Seminar - Introductions and Advising

Nov. 2nd Speaker- Dr. Chia-Yeng Lee - Global Warming/Climate Change

Nov. 16th Speaker- Dr. Nicholas Foukal - AMOC/Gulf Stream Dynamics

FORM NIGHT FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

Nov. 30th Speaker-

FORMS DUE FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

Dec. 14th - No Speaker - ADVISING ONLY

Dec. 21st- No Seminar

Dec. 28th - No Seminar

Jan. 4th- Speaker -

Jan. 18th - Speaker

Feb. 1st Speaker -

Feb. 15 th No Speaker - ADVISING ONLY

Feb 22nd - No Seminar Vacation

March 1st - WRHS Science Fair

Week of March 7th- 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