The NSHA HS Independent Research Program provides students who have a strong interest in science and science research the opportunity to participate in independent, high-level research activities that go beyond our extensive classroom curriculum. There are two divisions: Natural Science Research and Social Science Research. Students choose an area of interest and are then placed in a lab or college program or assigned to a mentor. This placement might be for a summer or during the school year. Students in the program will have the opportunity to learn new skills and become experts in a targeted area of science or technology. The student’s work and data will be compiled into a research report with the support of school faculty. The culmination of the research track is a mentored research experience that includes the development of an independent research project, often at a post-graduate level of complexity.
The goals of the program are: to instruct students in the use of Internet and library databases and print media to conduct a literature search on a topic; to teach students to develop provable refined hypotheses; to educate students about techniques for contacting, obtaining guidance from, and working with academic or professional mentors; to train students to create and implement workable research designs; to expose students to methods for creating a testing instrument or a controlled experiment, establishing a testing or data collection venue; procuring supplies and equipment or recruiting subjects; to educate students about the process of developing meaningful conclusions; to prepare students to refine their written and oral presentations for professional audiences.
501 Beginning Research Course in Science
In addition to providing introductory information about the nature of research, the scope and methods of science research, the structure of the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School Research Program, and the expectations of students who join the program, the instructional component of the course will focus on research methods and practices, including, but not limited to, such topics as: the literature search, bibliography development, choosing a research question, developing hypotheses, research paradigms, data collection, data analysis, and communication of results through written form, PowerPoint, presentation boards and oral presentation.
The hands-on component of the course will involve the development, by the student, of projects suitable for entry into a variety of individual and small team-based competitions. This course is open to freshman and sophomores. Students will also research and interact with Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and a variety of simple robot coding applications in Room 222. Students will read about and discuss leading edge science trends and breakthroughs in class and for homework. The course will also involve a variety of problem solving opportunities including an Escape Room, a Martian Colony simulation, a Cyber Surgeon simulation and educational field trips that arise during the year including an Invention Showcase and a possible collaboration with the Technion NYC and the Explorers Club in NY.
502 Intermediate Research Course in Science
The instructional component of this eleventh grade course will focus on: advanced research design, advanced data analysis and statistics, and research ethics. The hands-on component will be geared toward the design and execution of a project idea for investigation by the student, and perhaps lead to an "Intel level" research project. As appropriate, time will also be spent in the establishment of connections between students and professional mentors, who will assist in the guidance of students as they perform their research. Students will be encouraged to enter their research projects in research fairs and contests.
503 Advanced Research Course in Science
Seniors who take this course will complete their research projects and then write their research paper and prepare presentation materials. They will enter the senior-level contests appropriate to their areas of study, such as the Siemens Science, Math and Technology Competition, the Intel Science Talent Search, Adelphi/Long Island Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, Long Island Science Congress, and Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair.
504 The Process of Social Science Research
In this course, opened to ninth and tenth graders, students develop an appreciation of the research process from its inception to its conclusion. They learn to employ sophisticated research techniques to develop a testable hypothesis, to create a research design, to enlist a mentor, and to conduct a pilot study.
505 The Implementation of Social Science Research
This eleventh grade course focuses on the implementation of research, i.e. establishing the testing venue, obtaining subjects, testing, retesting, data collection, and evaluation in order to make mid-course correction in the project. In consultation with their mentors, students will conduct the field-testing portion of their work and develop the skill of adapting to changing conditions in the testing venue.
506 The Analysis and Presentation of Social Science Research
This senior-level course teaches students to interpret the statistics on which to base the final analyses of their results and to write conclusions that reflect the implications of their work in its global context. After they have completed their papers, students are instructed in the oral skills they need for successful presentation of their work to a professional or academic audience.