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20% Time Project: Longest Time Balancing A Shoe Upside Down On Top Of Your Head

By Ian Moore, III Form

 

20% Time Project: Longest Time Balancing A Shoe Upside Down On Top Of Your Head

Editors’ Note: In Ms. Amanda Hultin’s III Form English classes, her students pursue 20% Time (or “Genius Hour”) projects. Some essential elements include taking control of one’s own learning, choosing an individual topic, deciding how to learn and to produce a public product, and reflecting on the process.

Click on image to experience Ian’s Weebly pages.

Click on this image to see Ian’s time-lapse with the shoe on his head!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection on learning:

*What content/information did you learn during this project?

I learned a lot of valuable information throughout this project.  First, I learned about breaking a world record. I now know that there are a couple different ways to break a world record.  First, you can apply on Guinness World Record to have an employee from their office come and watch you break the record.  Then, you may have the opportunity to get into the Guinness World Records book.  However, you can also do it online using a website called recordsetter.com.  This is a very useful website and is the one that I used for my record. It relies on videos to see if you actually break the record.  I also learned how to make a blog throughout this project.  I used weebly.com to make my blog.  It is a website that teaches you how to make and use a blog.  This was a fun and interactive public product to make.

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20% Time Project: Gardening–The Long Process of Planting

By Eve Elkins, III Form

20% Time Project: Gardening–The Long Process of Planting

Editors’ Note: In Ms. Amanda Hultin’s III Form English classes, her students pursue 20% Time (or “Genius Hour”) projects. Some essential elements include taking control of one’s own learning, choosing an individual topic, deciding how to learn and to produce a public product, and reflecting on the process.

Click on image to view Eve’s Padlet.

Reflection on learning:

*What content/information did you learn during this project?

I learned about gardening. I learned that the perfect time to water the plants is in the afternoon. If you water them at night or early morning, they are more likely to grow fungus. I also learned that snap peas, which was the vegetable I was growing, grow best in mid-spring, which was when we started this project. They also have the quickest growing rate which was about two months. That is how I came to choose snap peas. When I contacted the manager of Chestnut Hill Farms, I was able to find out about the evolution about gardening. Now, in current times, gardening has shifted to being grown indoors all year round. Gardening used to be seasonal but now, due to modern technology, there have been trucks and trailers developed to sustain plants even in winter. Lots of people still garden but the way we do it has changed. (more…)

Melatonin’s Effect on Learning and Memory in a Tauopathy Model of Alzheimer’s Disease in Drosophila melanogaster

By Sophie Haugen and Sada Nichols-Worley, VI Form

Melatonin’s Effect on Learning and Memory in a Tauopathy Model of Alzheimer’s Disease in Drosophila melanogaster

Abstract

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes devastating memory loss and cognitive decline in humans. There is no current cure for AD. Research studies show that oxidative stress is correlated to and possibly a cause of this neurodegeneration. Because antioxidants such as melatonin have been found to reduce oxidative stress, melatonin could alleviate neurodegeneration and serve as an effective dietary supplement for people with with AD. In this experiment, a tauopathy Drosophila melanogaster group

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that express human tau (MAPT) under gal4in neurons were used to model AD in humans. This study measured learning and memory of the Drosophila through an olfactory vortex learning assay in a t-maze. Groups of flies with and without melatonin supplementation were tested in the t-maze. Following experimentation and data collection, preliminary results from this study suggest, but do not confirm, that melatonin reduces memory loss and improves cognitive function in a Drosophila AD model. Further trials are needed to confirm the suggested results.

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Critical Review of EA’s Battlefront II: A Rebel with a Cause

By Charles Mosse, VI Form

Critical Review of EA’s Battlefront II: A Rebel with a Cause

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Calculus: Optimization Problem for Derivatives

By Haley Dion, V Form

Calculus: Optimization Problem for Derivatives

Editor’s Note: In Advanced Calculus, students spend considerable time studying derivatives (rates of change) and their applications.   This problem is an “optimization” problem that asks students to calculate the best or optimal value relative to a particular situation.   Students need to first interpret the meaning of the problem (which involves particular rates of change) and model the situation with a function.    

In this problem, George wants to minimize the time it takes for him to get home.  Haley applied her understanding of derivatives to determine the exact spot on the shore where George should leave his rowboat before running home.

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Poetry and The Intimacy of Writing

By Madeleine Wass, IV Form

Poetry and The Intimacy of Writing

Since a young age, I have loved writing. At first, it was a great pass time and then developed into a passion. I first learned about poetry in my sixth grade English class, and I then began to keep a journal with ramblings of words that, over time, began to string together. Ever since then, poetry has been with me through tough times. It comes to me the easiest when strong emotions run high, such as anger, sadness, or frustration. Poetry is a wonderful way to channel what I am feeling. My poems can come in many different forms; no way is the right way. For me, it is more about just being able to express what is going through my mind or something that has happened. I also use my poems to record and to remember the feelings I had during an event. When I place my pen on the paper, I just feel the thoughts in my head flowing out. Sometimes they are jumbled and other times they fit well together. My main goal is about capturing what I am feeling while escaping the weight of the world. The following excerpt is from a poem I wrote about a beautiful hike I went on: (more…)