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University High School students Jon Rink and Laura Endsley discuss their robotic glove research project with Michael Heinz, a science teacher at Downers Grove North High School.

High school students show off research at ISU symposium

Students from 20 schools across Illinois participated April 29 in the 15th Annual High School Research Symposium at Illinois State University.

Illinois State’s Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST) sponsored the event, which was held in the Bone Student Center. The symposium featured 264 students presenting more than 150 research posters on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.

Students displaying research posters

More than 250 students showed off their projects at CeMaST’s annual research symposium.

The participating schools were Bloomington High School, Collinsville High School, Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove South High School, Fieldcrest High School, Fisher Junior/Senior High School, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, James B. Conant High School, Lake Park High School, Naperville Central High School, Naperville North High School, Neuqua Valley High School, Niles West High School, Oswego East High School, Prairie Central High School, Romeoville High School, St. Francis High School, University High School, Washington Community High School, and Waubonsie Valley High School.

Award winners

DaVinci Award (excellence in research and aesthetics)
Megan Wittman and Danielle Kinsella, University High School, “Plié Performance: Pressure on the Patellar Tendon”

Student’s Choice Award
Elijah King, University High School, “A New Way to Look in the Mirror”

For more information about the event or to get information about participating in next year’s event, visit the CeMaST website.

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