RYE BROOK, N.Y. – As participants in the school’s science research program, five Blind Brook High School students – four seniors and one junior – presented on Wednesday night their in-depth research projects to a crowded auditorium filled with fellow students, parents and other community members at the Science Symposium.
Students who choose to participate in the science research program begin working on their research projects as early as their freshman and sophomore years at Blind Brook. Students commit a minimum of 90 hours during the summer for two years and five hours a week during the school year to prepare, research, write and present the projects.
Michele Sugantino, science teacher and program coordinator, said that many program graduates have their work published in peer review journals before they even step foot on a college campus.
"The program is a program where high school students get the opportunity to work with science mentors doing original research," Sugantino said. "They seriously have a desire to learn more than what's being taught in a high school science class. These are students thinking out of the box already."
Sugantino added that students can earn up to 12 college credits through the program. Blind Brook senior Julia Klein spoke about the unique opportunity the program offers.
"It was so well worth it because the things I learned here I can't learn in the classroom," Klein said.
Senior Zachary Kratochvil said the program was a lot of work, but ultimately paid off.
"Going into college, it's valuable experience to have," Kratochvil said. "You have to be prepared for it, but it's well worth it."