Two students from Summit Technology Academy were recognized at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Biotechnology Day, held Nov. 17. Duncan Crosby of Lee’s Summit North High School and Emma Shipley of Lee’s Summit West High School, both students in Peggy Hinzman’s Project Lead the Way medical intervention/biomedical innovation course, participated in a project-based activity as part of the event.
The approximately 70 students attending the special day were provided with data related to cancer research and asked to present their findings via a poster format. Posters by Duncan and Emma were ranked among the top two at Biotechnology Day.
As a result of the Flash Science Fair, Emma and Duncan both have internships working with Professor Jack Treml’s students on their independent research projects. The internships will start next semester.
During the day at KU Edwards, juniors and seniors from four area school districts collaborated with peers, listened to research presentations by Edwards Campus students, attended a biotechnology panel session with faculty and presented their research in a “flash science fair.”
The two students from Summit Technology Academy were accompanied by Frank Vovk, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District science curriculum specialist and department chairperson.
Mr Vovk was quoted about the event in HigherRed, a publication of KU Edwards. “I want to show these students the opportunities available to them after high school,” Mr. Vovk said. “At Summit Technology Academy, we support a pathway for kids from our school district to programs at places like KU Edwards Campus. Too often, kids interested in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) are kind of dropped off after high school to figure it out on their own. Teachers are focused on lesson plans, administration is focused on providing a good experience, and this is their connection to the outside world.”
Duncan Crosby and Emma Shipley at the KU Edwards Campus Biotechnology Day.