An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Michael Town, Upper School science and engineering teacher

The second Lakeside Summer Research Institute (LSRI) is wrapping up this week, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Each student has grown tremendously this summer in their understanding of their projects, their ability to process and analyze data, and their ability to communicate the results. They’ve also made real progress answering interesting questions.

Science is an inherently experiential endeavor. So the second half of LSRI is focused primarily on sharing that experience through "storytelling." LSRI students have practiced telling their data-based stories via different media (e.g. lab notebooks, posters, slide presentations) and venues (e.g. one-on-one meetings, group meetings, and student-filled classrooms). Through each retelling, LSRI students have taken more ownership of their work. Understanding of context and results has been refined. New ideas and methods for analysis have been shared. LSRI students have also begun to develop their "scientific voice," an important professional skill that translates to many careers.

Here we share the LSRI 2019 student stories through blog posts. I hope you find the stories as compelling as I do.

Varun I. '22: Understanding more about Lakeside’s weather
Simon K. '21: Northwest Avalanche Center forecast stability analysis
Kimberly L. '21: Using an iButton temperature sensor to retrieve snow cover on Lakeside's campus
Allistair Y. '20: Air temperature and cloudiness determined from iButton temperature sensors on Lakeside's campus