Research Students Inspire Maplewood 4th Graders

Making slide samples is a cinch when you know what your doing. Jaden Wedner  shows these budding researchers just how it’s done.
Making slide samples is a cinch when you know what your doing. Jaden Wedner shows these budding researchers just how it’s done.
 Ben Schlansky, left, discusses the vibrant marine aquaculture environment with Maplewood students.
Ben Schlansky, left, discusses the vibrant marine aquaculture environment with Maplewood students.
10th grade science research student Heather Abbene is showing Maplewood students proper techniques at the pipette station.
10th grade science research student Heather Abbene is showing Maplewood students proper techniques at the pipette station.
 Colby Goldsmith, top left,  enjoys showing students how to explore in the Research Lab. Here the tip of a pencil comes into focus.
Colby Goldsmith, top left, enjoys showing students how to explore in the Research Lab. Here the tip of a pencil comes into focus.
Ouch! After successfully extracting predictor anemones from the coral tank, students are able to view then up close using a special microscope.
Ouch! After successfully extracting predictor anemones from the coral tank, students are able to view then up close using a special microscope.
Chemical reactions create ‘cool stuff’ according to our 4th graders.
Chemical reactions create ‘cool stuff’ according to our 4th graders.

When Ms. Cristine and Ms. Powers took their students to visit Fred Feraco's research class at Walt Whitman High School last month, they knew it was going to be educational and fun.  What they never expected was the amount of excitement the students would experience in the Whitman research room!  Mr. Feraco's research students had created stations so the 4th-graders could try a variety of activities for themselves,  like extracting predictor anemones from the coral tank; trying machine learning programs; creating chemical reactions!  It was a wonderful, inspiring day for the younger students who can now anticipate their futures as science researchers at Whitman - after all, it's less than 5 years away!