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Experience-based learning is at the core of our instruction. Our goal is to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities and experiences. Students are engaged in real-world applications of knowledge and skills, which builds understanding and confidence.

Failure is an integral part of learning. Viewing failure as unacceptable discourages risk taking and creativity. Growth comes from struggle, mistakes, and challenges. Students should feel safe to make mistakes.

Research Program Areas

Science Research Program

AMSA’s flagship science research program offers students the opportunity to conduct graduate school-level research in the 10th-12th grades. Students conduct independent research in:
 
Molecular Biology - Students are concentrated on studying a cancer marker gene in combination with a GFP reporter. They are employing various laboratory techniques like: transformation, plasmid design, oligonucleotide design, electrophoresis, PAGE, protein expression and purification
 
Geochemistry - Students map heavy metal contamination of the Assabet River using X-ray Fluorescence Spectrophotometry (XRF). Differentiated program paths allow for reinforcement and practical application of chemistry skills.
 
Wildlife Management - Students survey the immediate area for wildlife diversity and map the data.
 
Engineering - Building upon skills and lessons developed in Intro to CADD, students delve into the integration of CADD and physics concepts.

Science Dept. News

2019 Science Night

After months of hard work, students in AMSA’s Science Research program proudly displayed their projects.

Electron Microscope Training

Thermo Fisher Scientific led a class discussion today about how scanning electron microscopes work and their many uses.

Physics Drop Test

The question is whether a coffee filter laden with paper clips can reach Terminal Velocity in the Upper School lobby.

Building Bridges

Mr. Brandes’ 8th grade Physics class spent the last two weeks building bridges… literally.

2018 Science Night

At Science Night this week, 10th-12th graders involved in AMSA’s renowned science research program presented their latest research projects.

Experience-based learning is at the core of our instruction. Our goal is to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities and experiences. Students are engaged in real-world applications of knowledge and skills, which builds understanding and confidence.

Failure is an integral part of learning. Viewing failure as unacceptable discourages risk taking and creativity. Growth comes from struggle, mistakes, and challenges. Students should feel safe to make mistakes.

Research Program Areas

Science Research Program

AMSA’s flagship science research program offers students the opportunity to conduct graduate school-level research in the 10th-12th grades. Students conduct independent research in:
 
Molecular Biology - Students are concentrated on studying a cancer marker gene in combination with a GFP reporter. They are employing various laboratory techniques like: transformation, plasmid design, oligonucleotide design, electrophoresis, PAGE, protein expression and purification
 
Geochemistry - Students map heavy metal contamination of the Assabet River using X-ray Fluorescence Spectrophotometry (XRF). Differentiated program paths allow for reinforcement and practical application of chemistry skills.
 
Wildlife Management - Students survey the immediate area for wildlife diversity and map the data.
 
Engineering - Building upon skills and lessons developed in Intro to CADD, students delve into the integration of CADD and physics concepts.
Science Night

Science Night

Every spring, 10th-12th graders in the Science Research Program present their latest research projects. Previous topics have included DNA extraction, microorganisms, aquatic diversity, biochemistry, cybersecurity, and electromagnetic transmissions.
2019 Science Night
2018 Science Night