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DSC004012017-2018 NEW Introduction to Science Research Course!

TIME 101 is an exciting NEW spring semester honors course that introduces students to real questions/problems in Transylvania County that can be answered/solved through science research.  This introductory course is for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in conducting REAL SCIENCE that is meaningful to our students and community. During the course, students will work both independently and as part of a team to (1) develop and conduct a series of open-ended scientific inquiries, (2) conduct a class project focused on an important scientific question or problem in Transylvania County and (3) develop a project proposal that could qualify students to apply for a fully funded research fellowship in the following year’s TIME Honors Science Research Course.  Students will read relevant scientific literature, learn to design and conduct an experiment, analyze data, and present their findings to the community.  Local scientists and science enthusiasts will join us both inside the classroom and on several field trips across our region to add their expertise, experience and insight as we immerse ourselves into science in our community!

Prerequisites: Strong Interest in Science, Curiosity, Strong Work Ethic, Dedication

Requirement: 2 teacher recommendations (current year’s science teacher + 1 additional teacher who knows you well) and research teacher approval

2017-2018 Honors TIME 101 Interest Form

TIME Honors Science Research Course

Students will learn about the process of science as they conduct original scientific research into topics of their choosing. They will be supported by both the teacher and scientist mentors as they choose their topic of interest, develop a testable question, design a procedure, collect and analyze data, and present their findings in the community and at least one science competition. 

Credits: 1 Unit Honors

Prerequisites: Previous participation in TIME 101 or the TIME Honors Science Research Course and Application/Acceptance

Requirements: Attend the Spring Field Trip to science competitions in Raleigh/Durham (March 23–25, 2017), the Summer Workdays (August 7-9, 2017) and participate in at least one science competition during 2018.

Why apply?  Students will be supported in the course as they conduct locally-relevant research projects. Students benefit from doing research projects because:

  • 0799919537007They see how science applies to their own lives and community.
  • They learn more about the process of science and what scientists do as they act as co-learners with teachers, scientists and other students.
  • They discover new careers in science.
  • They learn how to break down a complex, long-term project into manageable pieces, develop a plan of action, and follow it through.
  • They learn how to communicate their results clearly and persuasively to a variety of audiences.
  • They contribute to the bank of scientific knowledge with their findings.0800303872007
  • They are more competitive as they apply for college and scholarships.  The top colleges want students who can write as well as possess analytical skills, creativity and a multidisciplinary perspective.  Most of all they want people with a capacity for continuous innovation.  These are skills gained from conducting original research.

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The journey begins

For our first year in the TIME class me and Jasmine decided to brave unknown territory. We both became interested in the subject of cancer and began looking at our own interests. After joining together we started down a path filled with articles upon articles about Molluscs, cancer, and carcinogens. We settled on the topic of cancer models in bivalve molluscs , and that’s where our journey began. We came to a slight dilemma, neither of us knew anything about clams, how durable they were, or how to care for them. We decided to order a “warm-up” group of clams. We wanted tnoaho learn how to care for them, Dissect them, mark them, and take their blood. We’ve drilled holes in them, marked them with fingernail polish, fed them algae tablets, and monitored their health daily. As of right now we’ve lost 3 of our original 22 due to our experimennoah1bts on how to take blood. When we finally expose them to our carcinogens, Glyphosate,ethanol, and chewing tobacco extract, they will be in a larger permanent containment. We look forward to our continued experiment throughout the year and we hope for spectacular results.

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