Showcasing STEM Research

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Tenth-grade students enrolled in Connetquot High School’s Science Research II class recently visited Brookhaven National Laboratory to present their research at the Long Island STEM Hub’s fifth annual symposium. They showcased their findings and research to scientists from BNL and local universities, as well as STEM industry leaders.

The event, with sponsors including BNL, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Northwell Health, brings together students, scientists, STEM industry leaders and educators to discuss current and future trends in the field of science, engineering and mathematics.

At the symposium, Victoria Cipriani and Michele Muscolo presented findings from their project titled “Using DNA Barcodes to Measure Biodiversity in Insects Captured with New Jersey Light Traps.” Lauren Kennedy, Kaitlyn Mills and Alexis Smith presented their work titled, “Evidence of Two Invasive Species in Lake Ronkonkoma” as part of the Long Island Barcode Project, as a means for students to gain an intuitive understanding of the crucial interdependence between humans and the natural environment. Noah Thielke presented his work on finding near Earth objects after his discovery of three provisional asteroids while participating in the International Asteroid Search Campaign this past winter.