Fern Valenzuela Vazquez – Vice President

Fern Officer PictureAs I am overall completely fascinated by many, if not all, types of science, I chose to run for the position of SNHS Vice president in hopes to bring more ideas of community outreach, and more educational trips to different places that will help in the student’s overall science knowledge. By creating more opportunities for the club members to reach out to their community in order to educate them about different sciences, we will be able to provide a solid future for ourselves, because the future will always be based on scientific advances that we make now.

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Kiara Rivas – President

My name is Kiara Rivas and I have been a part of Science National Honor Society for 2 years. Last year, I took great interest in this club after taking chemistry with Ms. Doskocil and finding out that I met the grade requirements necessary to become a member. I have always had a major interest in science and am hoping to become a registered nurse in the future, so I was very interested in being a part of a group in which other students had similar interests in this area! I am honored to say that this year I am president of the club and we have very fun activities planned. Being president, I am in charge of running meetings and making sure our members are getting involved in field trips, community outreach projects, and citizen science projects. I definitely enjoy this club because we get to go on many trips in which involve volunteering around the community and talking to other students about the importance of science. We also reach out to others who have a career in this field such as chemists and other scientists. Overall, this club is a great way to get involved in the scientific community and I have a lot of fun being a part of it!

ASU Fun

Once again YHS SNHS students headed to ASU to talk with graduate student Amy Peterson about her work studying human origins. Eleven SNHS students listened as Amy talked about her research, her interest in human origins, and her experiences in college during the hour long meeting.

Arianna Paul, Emily Beringhelli, David Griffin, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, Anastasia Battes, Levi Wakeham, Kiara Rivas, Tyler Adams, Takila Moore, Victor Serna, and Judith Beltran listening to Julie Russ talk about Lucy

When we first arrived at the Institute of Human Origins at ASU, assistant director Julie Russ introduced us to Lucy, or rather her origins and how her finding helped build the program at ASU.

Amy then took over and walked us through the different skulls she had out. She told us about their origins, their age, and how scientists are still working with some specimens to determine how they fall in our family tree.

She discussed her own interest in pelvic development in females as humans evolved and how our need for bipedalism needed to match our need for fitting shoulders and heads through a birthing canal. Her research sounds pretty interesting!

Students were allowed to touch and examine the skulls and casts to see the features for themselves.

Kiara Rivas examining a skull

Students also asked her questions about college, how college is different from high school, and what they should except. Amy gave them some great advice: it will be harder than high school but it is very fun once you figure it out. Also, go to class and really read the syllabus (seriously!).

Big thanks to Amy and Julie for taking time to talk to us! And big thanks to my dad ( pictured below in the red hat) for helping me chaperone!

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Levi Wakeham, Anastasia Battles, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, David Griffin, Takila Moore, Emily Beringhelli, and Ray Doskocil listening to Amy Peterson talk about her research

Welcome back!

This year is looking to be another great year for Science NHS at Youngker High School.  I’m excited to see old members returning and excited to meet new members.

This year we will continue posting students’ summaries of their citizen science projects and their community outreach projects.  Students will also write a short summary of a scientific paper that we read as a group, so look out of those posts.

Ms. Doskocil

Gaming the Brain

Marlene Sanchez

It is a game like simulator where the user maps neurons in the retina. This served as a way for people to better understand their brain and what goes on in it. So all the user had to do was look at a brain scan and try to determine what was a neuron based on the scan. Once we did that we had to physically locate the neuron in the brain on the scanner. I chose this project because anything that involves the brain or mental issues interest me so much. I feel as though I know so much more about the human brain than I ever learned in anatomy and I feel as though I made a difference in some way. http://eyewire.org/explore

Galaxies Everywhere

Mackenzie Roland
October 31, 2016
Citizen Science Project
Science National Honors Society
Classifying Galaxies
The project that I chose was Classify Galaxies, through Galaxy Zoo. The project was to look at images of galaxies that are either newly discovered or scarcely researched and answer a series of questions to help classify them. I helped by classifying galaxies and providing information to a team of scientists so they could properly analyze the galaxy. Among the many citizen science projects presented, this one stood out because it gave an opportunity to look at and help classify images of galaxies that few get to see. Although I am not a huge space enthusiast, it presented an offer to explore space in a way the many don’t get to, and help along the way. At first, I was not very enthralled, since space sciences are widely explored, but as a begun to classify and discuss the galaxies with others, I found that it has a bigger impact than I expected. By the end of my time classifying galaxies, I felt that I had helped in the analysis and recording of galaxies that few get to see and was a contributing factor to the continuing expansion of space exploration.
https://www.galaxyzoo.org/#/

Picking up Trash

Kiara Rivas

Science Project

The project I participated in was volunteering to pick up debris in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Center with other members of Science National Honors Society. I helped the community by picking up many pieces of trash and cleaning up big portions of wreckage that was washed onto the dried up river. I chose to do this because I enjoy making a small difference in the world and helping to make it a better place. After completing my part, I felt very accomplished because I helped make a change that was significant to the community and worked together with a team to accomplish this task. I would definitely participate in a project like this one again.

 

 

Project website: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/rio-salado-habitat-restoration-area