AC Students Presenting at Science Writing and Research Symposium April 28th

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by jpalomaki
AC students are presenting their research at the Science Writing and Research class’s research symposium on Friday, April 28th, 2017, and the event is open to the public. This is the culminating event for 3+ quarters of work. This class is a “post-AP” class that is all about students conducting their own independent, original research. They have:
  • formulated their own research questions
  • identified and recruited an expert advisor from AC or the community at large
  • researched current understanding and background on their topics
  • written a research proposal in which they designed their own experiments to test their hypotheses
  • conducted their research
  • performed their own statistical analyses to draw conclusions on their hypotheses.
  • written up their findings in the style of a peer-reviewed scientific journal (still in progress!)
  • created, revised, and refined the presentations
If you have the time Friday, the students would love to see you. Presentations will be taking place in rooms 101 and 105 of the Wegmans School of Nursing at SJFC. The schedule and a map are below.
Room Time Presenter Title
Nursing 101 800-825 Germaine Gu The Mathematical Model Behind Storable Votes and Quadratic Votes
Nursing 101 830-855 Nate Morse Frequency Conversion Crystal Designs for Improved Ultraviolet Power Balance on the 60-Beam OMEGA Laser
Nursing 101 855-905 Break
Nursing 101 905-930 Alivia Martin Spinal Deformities of the Equine Population in Relation to Weight
Nursing 101 935-1000 Nadia Linton Observations of Skeletal Traumas Made from Medieval Bladed Weapons
Nursing 101 10-1010 Break
Nursing 101 1010-1035 Luke Nicosia The Effects of Food Cues on Students’ Overall Performance and Attentiveness on Exams
Nursing 101 1040-1105 Dylan Dailor Does the Mind In the Eyes Test Work as a Predictor for Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Nursing 101 1105-1115 Break
Nursing 101 1115-1140 Leeore Intrator Pilot Study to Understand Focus and Creativity in the Brain Using EEG
Nursing 101 1145-1205 Cecilia Esterman Mixed Solvent Studies of Squaraines for Use in Organic Photovoltaics
Nursing 101 1215-100 Lunch
100-130 Attend opening of SJFC Event
Nursing 105 130-155 Mason Grimes Using an Evolutionary Program to Model Organic Population Evolution
Nursing 105 200-225 Jeremy Abbott Injection-based Electromagnetic Railgun: Theoretical Versus Actual Results

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Nancy Northup ’77 Honored with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by jpalomaki

Nancy Northup '77Allendale Columbia School is pleased to announce Nancy Northup ’77 as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017.

Established in 2009 to honor alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to both Allendale Columbia School and their local community, the AC Alumni Board is proud to recognize Nancy as an alumna who has made a regional, national, and international impact while also serving as a role model for young people around the world. As one nomination letter stated, “Nancy is a credit to AC, but, more importantly, she is someone who young people can look up to and see that one person can indeed make a difference in people’s lives.” (more…)

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AC’s Liza Cotter Named as a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS® Semifinalist

Posted on August 24th, 2015 by klapa

Please join us in congratulating AC 8th grader Liza Cotter on her recognition as a semifinalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public. This honor places Liza among the top 300 middle school science and engineering projects in the United States from over 6,000 nominees.

The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place on September 2nd, 2015 when 30 finalists will be selected from the 300 semifinalists. Finalists and one parent or guardian will receive an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley, California to attend the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week competition from October 1st-7th.  Finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend a S.T.E.M. summer camp, iPads, and the Samueli Prize of $25,000.

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International S.T.E.M. Camp Builds Student Collaborations and Global Friendships

Posted on August 21st, 2015 by ssorrentino

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Our International Summer S.T.E.M. Camp brought American and Chinese students together again for another great summer immersion program for middle and high school students. American and Chinese students were teamed together, one-to-one, to experience a culture different from their own. Throughout their very full week, the student teams were provided opportunities to design, innovate, build, and tinker within collaborative learning spaces. During the morning hours, authentic learning experiences were offered in Allendale Columbia’s S.T.R.E.A.M. Program (science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Throughout the afternoon hours, students were immersed in the internationally recognized Vista Teach Summer S.T.E.M. Programs in Robotics and Engineering Education. This hands-on, unscripted week of innovation and design offered a rare opportunity for students to build collaborative skills across cultural differences while also developing global friendships.

This unique venue continues to offer many enriching benefits not only for our participating students but also for our team of S.T.E.M. educators and, each summer, we always look forward to another amazing week teaching Robotics and Engineering Education to our collaborative teams of Chinese and American students!

Click here to view a video all about this exciting program!

 

 

 

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Current Students and AC Alums Contribute to AC Summer LEAP

Posted on January 9th, 2015 by lbrown

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Current students and recent graduates of Allendale Columbia School contributed to the success of this year’s Summer LEAP program. When the Stop the Violence Dance Alliance, (SVDA) a community partnership between Garth Fagan Dance and the Rochester City School District, visited the Allendale Columbia Summer LEAP Program, sixth graders Sarah Ash and Chinara Dorancy performed and assisted with the master class. Natalie Rogers-Cropper, Garth Fagan Dance School Director and Assistant Rehearsal Director, led students in a series of movements modeled by graduates of SVDA. Both Sarah and Chinara attended Garth Fagan’s Summer Movement Institute this summer.

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Recent AC graduates Justin Kennedy (Class of 2011) and Omar Franceschi (Class of 2013) were also on campus working with the students. Justin assisted second grade classroom teachers Stephanie DePaul-Pragel and Melissa Bohrer, providing support and individualized attention to students in the program. Omar photographed all of the program events as well as the day-to-day activities of the students. He also helped raise awareness of the program by contributing to the weekly newsletter and Summer LEAP Facebook and Twitter pages.

Justin

 

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AC’s First LEGO League Teams Find Success at Recent Competitions

Posted on December 18th, 2014 by klapa

Two Allendale Columbia School teams participated in the Finger Lakes Region First LEGO League robotics season. In November, both teams competed at the Penfield High School Qualifying tournament. Eighteen teams from across the Rochester area competed, with only four advancing on to the Regional Championship event.

AC’s first team – AC – America’s Coolest – did a great job with their robot and project focused on educating the public about Ebola. Students Chinara Dorancy, Kasi Natarajan, Ben Smoker, Alicia Strader, Dylan Reece, Garrett Wilson, and Adrian Fuller were coached by Keith Wilson and Hugh Fuller.

AC’s second team – AC Aces – were named 2nd Place Champions which advances them to the Regional Championships. Coached by Jim Cotter and Andrew Perry, team members Liza Cotter, Caden Kacprzynski, Cameron Perry, Sarah Ash, Mary Cotter, Luke Dioguardi, and Matt Duver worked together to focus on how to improve how students study S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. Their solution was to re-energize the Rochester Science Fair after it was cancelled last year. Learn more about their project at http://twitter.com/ACAcesFLL.

The Finger Lakes Regional Championships were held at the University of Rochester on Sunday, December 7th where the 36 teams that advanced from qualifiers met to compete. The AC Aces worked together well and were rewarded with a coveted yellow LEGO trophy for the Presentation Award!

Congratulations to all of our FLL students!

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