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Research Program


DSC004012017-2018 NEW Introduction to Science Research Course!

TIME 101 is an exciting 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

2018-2019 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 22–24, 2018), the Summer Workdays (TBA) and participate in at least one science competition during 2019.

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.