THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234 OFFICE OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT Anne Schiano - Assistant Director Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology Team Room 320 EB Albany, New York 12234 (518) 474-5922; FAX: (518) 473-4884 www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai 2008 Excelsior Scholars Programs for Grade Seven Mathematics and Science Students Abstracts are posted as submitted by the award winners. College or University: Hobart and William Smith Colleges/Finger Lakes Institute Address: 601 S. Main St. City: Geneva Zip: 14456 Contact Person: Marion Balyszak Telephone: 315-781-4390 E-mail Address: email@example.com Fax: 315-781-4399 Abstract This pilot program, Finger Lakes Aquatic Science Camp, is a week-long full day/overnight camp on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, NY. The camp will explore aquatic environments in the Finger Lakes region of central and western New York State, including a specific focus on Seneca Lake. The core subject matter for this science and mathematics camp will be centered on aquatic sciences and limnological research methods, a focus of HWS research and education in environmental studies. Twenty students from the Rochester region (Seneca, Yates and Ontario counties) will participate in this program and develop research questions on the diversity of life found in aquatic systems based on biotic and abiotic factors such as chemistry, habitat, and predator/prey relationships. They will be given the opportunity to develop methods for collecting scientific data necessary to explore their research questions, and actually collect this data in the field to try to answer their questions and formulate a conclusion. Finally, the students will present their findings to their peers in a poster exhibit format.
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