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SCVTHS PARTICIPATES IN STUDENTS 2 SCIENCE EXPERIENCES

Ms. Sammy from S2S delivers the Virtual Earth & Space Science Lab "How on Earth Does This Happen?"  
Ms. Sammy from S2S delivers the Virtual Earth & Space Science Lab
"How on Earth Does This Happen?"

 

For a second year, students at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) have been awarded the opportunity to participate in the Students 2 Science (S2S) Program sponsored by Sanofi. Students will take part in a variety of Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) experiences in the areas of chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and biology.

Sanofi has partnered with S2S to provide these no cost STEM classroom opportunities to middle and high school students throughout Somerset County, New Jersey. It is Sanofi’s belief that providing these experiences will encourage students to pursue STEM careers, as well as ensuring a highly skilled workforce will be available to fill high tech jobs and create future innovations in health, science and technology.

The Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) program provides virtually guided lab experiments, taught by content experts, using problem- and project-based learning techniques.  Sanofi explains, “It removes the barriers of geography, language and travel, bringing high-quality science and content experts directly into classrooms or non-traditional educational settings. Using state-of-the-art technology, the V-Lab program enables students in classrooms and the S2S Technology Center to simultaneously conduct a series of challenging, age-appropriate, hands-on science experiments promoting 21st century skills.”

“The science department was extremely happy to receive the grant again to be able to implement V-Labs. Both students and staff look forward to the opportunity to discuss and perform labs with scientists in the field. The V-Labs have been a great addition to our regular teaching methods,” said SCVTHS Supervisor of Academics Randee Holz.

SCVTHS Science Instructor Shannon Melick spoke of the Virtual Earth & Space Science Lab "How on Earth Does This Happen?" stating, “The students learned how temperature, wind patterns, altitude, pressure, and ocean currents affect weather and climate. The lab activities demonstrated how each of those variables had an effect on both weather and climate. Some of the activities did need to be modified due to COVID restrictions. Each student had their own lab kit, when usually they would be working with partners. The students seemed really excited to be doing a hands-on lab since with hybrid/remote learning, it's been difficult to have actual hands-on labs for them.”

According to Sanofi, “Students 2 Science (S2S) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to inspire, motivate and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). S2S is a bridge between the public and private sectors, and a model program providing quality educational experiences that promote 21st century college and career readiness skills.”

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.

 

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SCVTHS students take part in the Virtual Earth & Space Science Lab "How on Earth Does This Happen?", as part of the Students 2 Science (S2S) program sponsored by Sanofi.

SCVTHS students take part in the Virtual Earth & Space Science Lab