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Thursday, October 17 • 2:40pm - 3:40pm
The Holy Grail of Science Research: A Self-Propagating and Student-Led Novel Science Research Program, Room 208

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Inspired by design, we reverse-engineered a teaching structure that achieved these goals.

• Students teach and train other students.
• The problems are real.
• Students create their own projects.
• Student lead & direct the research.
• Authentic skills. (communication, lab, scientific journal dissection)
• Students iterate and troubleshoot their work.
• Students can choose their level of involvement (15 min/week to 5 hrs/week)

Imagine a program that achieved these goals. What would it look like? Rather than creating a science research class, this program would generate a science research culture. Rather than being recruited by teachers, kids would be drawn to it. It would exist inside the curriculum, before school, during lunch, and after school; students could access it at any time. Busy students could get involved without taking a class or getting any homework. Most importantly, it could be run with minimal faculty oversight. Join me as I present a multitiered approach to getting students to do novel, publishable research.

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Luke De

Upper School Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Luke De became an upper school science teacher at Nueva after working at the Pingry School (K–12) in New Jersey. In addition to developing and teaching several biology courses, Luke led the effort to design and implement a high school science research program in which students engage... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403