The Science Research program at Sacred Heart Academy had a very successful year, and it is ending 2019 on a high note with a series of science competition entries and insight from professionals.
On December 12, Dr. Sarah Meyland of NYIT visited freshman and sophomore science research students. Dr. Meyland discussed the quality and safety of Long Island's drinking water, and various policy implications and proposals. Dr. Meyland complimented our students, saying, “I normally teach graduate students. THIS is an impressive group!”
This past November and December, juniors and seniors visited departments at Northwell as part of the SPARK! Challenge. The 11th graders shadowed at Lynbrook Surgical Associates and the 12th graders shadowed at the North Shore Hospital Radiology Department.
SPARK! Challenge, sponsored by Northwell Health, is open to students in grades 11-12. Students shadow medical professionals for one day (Oct. - Dec.), then choose a career, create a poster advertisement and give a two minute presentation on their chosen career at the SPARK! Challenge Mock Career Fair in April.
Finally, senior Maggie Saville used crayfish to study the differential effects of crumb rubber contamination (from turf, for example) on aquatic ecosystems by heavy metal leaching.