The Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School
(SMA) 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 advisors. 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 and provides the opportunity to view the posters, ask
questions of the students, and meet the mentors and faculty advisors.
The senior capstone project is a unique requirement of the SMA which enables students
to integrate classroom learning and authentic research. The local scientific community,
including many scientists and researchers from Aberdeen Proving Ground, serve as the
students’ mentors during the year-long project.
According to Ms. Sarah Voskuhl, Program Specialist of the SMA, “I am very proud of
these graduating students and the work they have done. 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 its doors 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 this 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.
The community is invited to visit Aberdeen High School, located at 251 Paradise Road in
Aberdeen, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., to view the research
projects of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
Please direct any inquiries to Sarah Voskuhl: [email protected], 410 273-5500.