Super Science Symposiums

By Taylor Whittemore

On Monday, November 4th, 2013, Tri-City Prep hosted its first night of symposiums that included presentations from both the physics and anatomy students. It lasted from 5:00pm to about 7:30pm, and those who attended were educated on a variety of topics, ranging from potential cancer treatments to the physics of microwaves.

There were several students who participated, and listed below are the presenters and the title of their symposium: Charles Hargrove, Nicolaus Magdaleno, and Hannah Sherwood with Optical Illusions; Rikki Jones and Rachel Rodarte with Bitter Sweet; Danielle Freeman, Bethany Pittman, and Taylor Whittemore with Picture This; Eric Schulze and Andrew Worthington with Microwaves: Caution, Contents May Be Hot; Elizabeth Wilcken and Morgan White with I’m Not Touching You; Kelly Stoddard and Katelyn Fiske with Leukemia: Cancer That Flows; Levi Sylvester and Gabriella Griest with The Voices in My Head; Naomi Harshman and Dallas Meade with Unpleasantly Plump; Patrick Welborn and Timmy Holbrook with A Cruel Ligament; and Amelia Harris with Breaking Chemo.

There were several people in the audience, ranging from biology students to parents and other family. Some students also had close friends show up to provide extra support. The biology students were offered extra credit for attending by their teacher, Mrs. Muchna.

There was a table of refreshments for those attending. The variety of foods included Wheat Thins with a cheese spread, several different types of cookies, different types of bread, and miniature water bottles.

No matter how prepared an event may seem, there is always an opportunity for issues to appear, especially for those presenting. Monday night went smoothly overall, but there was an issue with one group’s powerpoint. There were also some groups that struggled to stay within the time restraints of the presentation, which was between eight and ten minutes.

As mentioned above, there were some requirements for the students to follow set prior to the symposium. The students were evaluated based on the PowerPoint, presentation, and overall impression, including all aspects of the presentation plus the abstract and questions. Each of the twenty requirements were out of five points, leading up to a total of a hundred points.

Danielle Freeman said, “Despite technical difficulties, our presentation went surprising well, and I enjoyed getting to learn more about a topic that I’m interested in. I always love to see the research that my classmates present; is wonderful to see other students getting excited about science that applies to some aspect of their life.”

“My hard work and effort that I put into the symposium really paid off because I felt that I did well,” said junior Kelly Stoddard.

There were also symposiums on Tuesday and Wednesday, the following two nights.

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