High School Researchers Share Their Findings

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Amityville Memorial High School sophomores are conducting meaningful research in the Advanced Placement Seminar course where they delve deep into topics of personal interest. On Jan. 31, students presented their group reports in the auditorium, the result of two months of hard work.

Students in Allison Reichel’s and Jodi Wilsher’s classes began the year learning fundamental research skills, such as how to find credible information, consider issues from multiple perspectives, evaluate the strength of arguments and work as a part of a team. Working in groups of three to five, students then picked research topics with each member responsible for a different component. 

Yaneli Amaya, Keiry Martinez, Juan Morales and Kemar Porche selected as their topic, “Wealthy Inequality.” Individually, each one looking at it from a different perspective: political, social and futuristic perspective. They then brought their information together to create a group research report and digital presentation.

“It takes a lot of commitment and everyone doing their part,” Yaneli said about what it takes to successfully complete a research project. 

Other topics included “Public Perception of Cloning,” “The Impact of Music,” “Climate Change,” “Advertising to Children,” “Social Policies of Immigration” and “Educational Technology.” With the conclusion of the group presentations, AP Seminar students will now begin individual research projects.

Students who successfully complete AP Seminar can take AP Research, the second part of the AP Capstone program, which includes a full-year investigation of a self-chosen research question. Each student’s individual research project culminates with a 4,000- to 5,000-word paper and oral defense presentation.