Integrated Science – Day 5
Today was the last day of the Integrated Science program. All of the students are enjoying it and seem sad that it’s over! The students spent the morning doing a specific heat of a metal lab and presenting their research posters to their classmates. There were some great questions and discussion! During free time, some of the students signed each other’s Integrated Science T-shirts. In the afternoon they finished up presentations. The week concluded with a presentation to parents on all of the great work from the week! A big shout out of thanks to our program sponsors who helped make this week possible: Nicor Gas, Pentair, and the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education!
Integrated Science – Day 4
In the morning, our budding scientists did more tests of the effects of pollutants on daphnia, and they also investigated the effect that adding a solute has to the freezing and boiling point of water.
In the afternoon, they put the knowledge gained through the freezing/boiling point lab my making ice cream in a bag by lowering the freezing point of the ingredients through the use of salt. Students also worked on the presentations they will be sharing when parents visit the lab tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.
Ask your student: what are the colligative properties of a solution?
Integrated Science – Day 3
Today students learned more about the process of photosynthesis, and the many factors that can effect it. They then measured the rate of photosynthesis in hornwort, a small aquatic plant, and then designed a controlled experiment to test the effect of one variable that they thought would affect photosynthesis. They analyzed the data they collected and made conclusions based on their evidence.
Students also performed water quality testing and looked at the effects of pollutants on daphnia (small aquatic crustaceans commonly called water fleas).
Integrated Science – Day 2
Students trekked out to one of IMSA’s best kept secrets – the No Pond (thusly named on an early campus map to keep students away from it!) where they collected water samples and compared their findings with tap water. They examined the water samples under the microscope and looked for microorganisms that they later identified using a computer. They compared drawings of the different organisms, discussed why different organisms exist in pond water and tap water, and identified factors that promote their survival. Students found hydra, green algae, and shelled amoebas, among others!
Integrated Science – Day 1
In the morning, students had a thorough introduction to lab safety, including a safety scavenger hunt in the lab. They were also introduced to microscopes and practiced viewing and adjusting the scopes with pre-made slides with various types of healthy and unhealthy cells. In the afternoon, Integrated Science participants explored dissolving, reacting, solubility and miscibility. Students also shared their “about me” collages, and additional students will continue doing so on Tuesday.
IMSA’s Integrated Science Program is a selective application course focused on providing STEM education opportunities to students who might otherwise not have the opportunity. Partial to full scholarships are available.
This uniquely IMSA program, combining two weeks of online learning followed by one week of engaging hands-on learning on campus in Aurora, explores the links between biology, chemistry, and physical science. Taught by IMSA faculty, participants delve into scientific topics including gas laws, osmosis/diffusion, and how water affects climate.
With a solid foundation from two weeks of online courses, students arrive at IMSA for a week of hands-on activities in our labs. Students live in the residence halls, experiencing life at IMSA first hand as a student. At the conclusion of the program, students are presented with a Certificate of Completion.