The Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School is presenting its seventh annual Gallery Walk of senior capstone projects on Tuesday, May 20.
The Gallery Walk presentation features a poster display of unique scientific research projects which were conducted by SMA seniors under the mentorship of professional scientists, engineers, mathematicians and faculty advisers.
Research projects cover a variety of topics in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This event showcases the culmination of four years of rigorous academic study and provides a visual insight into the fascinating world of the scientific process.
The Gallery Walk is open to members of the general public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and provides the opportunity to view the research projects of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, ask questions of the students and meet their mentors and faculty advisers. Aberdeen High School is located at 251 Paradise Road.
The senior capstone project is a unique requirement of the SMA which enables students to integrate classroom learning and authentic research, according to Harford County Public Schools. Members of the local scientific community, including many scientists and researchers from Aberdeen Proving Ground, serve as the students' mentors during the year-long project.
"I am very proud of these graduating students and the work they have done," Sarah Voskuhl, program specialist of the SMA, said in a news release. "When you see their posters it is clear that they will be future leaders in the scientific community, and I know their accomplishments will benefit our society. While topics vary greatly, conducting research is what we strive to teach the students and the professional mentors are integral in this process."
The SMA, which opened in 2004, is a school-within-a-school magnet program where students engage in educational experiences that integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Participation in the rigorous four-year program is by competitive application based on prior academic success, interest and motivation in science and mathematics, teacher recommendations and written communication skills. Courses emphasize problem solving and creative thinking by using multiple resources and inquiry-based learning. Each year, hundreds of students apply for the 55 seats in the freshman class.