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									                  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: balyszak@hws.edu                                               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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