Stand and Deliver

If I've learned nothing else over the course of the past couple of years, it's that in order to move ahead you must say "yes" when opportunities are offered. Three weeks ago I was asked if I had any students that might be interested in presenting at the NC New Schools Student STEM Symposium. I'd not been to the conference before, but I was aware that they were looking for students to present STEM related work. Immediately I thought, "There's only one class for this job." Of course, it was AP Bio. When I presented the opportunity, I was pleasantly surprised ... twice. The first surprise came when multiple groups rapidly volunteered to present their work. The second shock came in the form of the project that they decided to present. When I first told them about the conference I had in my mind that they would present the plant growth experiments that they had just completed. They, on the other hand, had something else in mind. Apparently the class is most proud of the work that they did on their 2nd quarter, HIV project, because that is the one that both groups decided they would present. Given the complexity of the project this is an interesting and admirable choice.

So, last Wednesday our class, minus two, headed for the McKimmon Center at NC State. Our charge, show other students the kind of work that is done at CMA. The conference format is interesting in that all of the presentation sessions are facilitated by students. Adults aren't even allowed in the room. Going in to the conference I was confident that many of the citizens of AP Bio would step up and take leadership roles in those sessions. I wish that I could have been a fly on the wall. From the reports that I've heard Omari, Lily, Ana, and Winta killed it ... while serving as tech support for their rooms and facilitating the sessions. I and their peers are very proud to say that they represented us well. This week it was Fabian and Mel's turn to reflect on the week that was. As I was reading over student submissions for the week in review, I was struck by the particular tone and vernacular of Fabian's account of the week. It certainly will give you a bit of insight into his mind. Then we will finish up with a nice, succinct submission from Mel.

Fabian Begins:

This week in bio we learned too much, but some of which was fun. I really honestly like the day we went to NC State to help support for Omari& Lily and Ana & Winta’s HIV Project. When I was at the presentations I actually was impressed of how fortunate we are at City of Medicine Academy. Why? Because I noticed that some of the other students didn’t know how to use a Mac laptop. It bewildered me. I always thought that other school had at least some kind of technology thing going on but no. Ana & me had to be like tech support for that day lol. Then on Thursday we watched the video about monkeys, boy did I enjoyed that video. The most interesting thing about the monkeys was the fact that the Japanese monkeys had some kind of hierarchy going on, meaning that some could be in the super cozy hot Jacuzzi, while the others had to stay in the snow and survive or die. The other interesting thing was the fact that some monkeys even lived in the coast, like dang they must be living the life, living in the beach and eating sharks’ eggs, that’s the thug life. The other type of monkey that surprised me was the one which was more intelligent not to fight and while the other fought he took of with the prize, that the homie though lol. This week was pretty awesome aside from riding in Shaun’s car and going crazy.

Mel Concludes:

Last week in Mr. Kite's class was a little off schedule. On Wednesday, April 2nd, my peers were able to attend and present at the McKimmon Center at NCSU, for the NCNS STEM Student Symposium. I was unable to attend, for which I regret because I had been looking forward to seeing presentations from other schools.
On Thursday, we were supposed to do a fruit fly lab. Luckily, the flies were not delivered when they were supposed to be, so the entire class was relieved that we didn't have to work with the flies just yet. Instead, Mr. Kite decided we would watch a film. We watched Life: Primates, and learned how our closest relatives have similar behaviors to our own, and vastly different at the same time. It was nice to watch a film in class because we don't usually do that. It was a very interesting, and engaging film. I greatly enjoyed, and so did my peers because when we had group discussion, everyone spoke