Dist. 300 Students to Share Research

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Byline: Larissa Chinwah lchinwah@dailyherald.com

Students from Community Unit District 300 will showcase results from their research at Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve during the first STEM Research in Science symposium at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at H.D. Jacobs High School in Algonquin.

The three-week summer course provided eight middle school and high school students with hands-on experience in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math -- collectively known as STEM courses.

"This is a chance for students to show off the research and work they did at Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve," said Matthew McKenney, a physical sciences and physics teacher at Jacobs High School who is teaching the summer course. "It is going to be like a science fair where students will display their work on poster boards and talk about their results."

During the summer session, students spent three days testing and collecting water and soil samples from the West Dundee forest preserve. Groups of students analyzed water samples for the presence of bacteria, while other groups studied the wetlands and prairie areas. Students worked with equipment such as sensors and temperature probes provided by the District 300 Foundation for Educational Excellence. …