Central HS Students Broaden Learning with Field Trips

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Students in two of Valley Stream Central High School’s AP courses had the recent opportunities to enrich their learning with field trips that brought their curriculum to life.

On March 23, the AP Government and Politics class attended the “Evaluation of Presidential Leadership Symposium for High School Students” at Hofstra University.  This event featured Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency Senior Presidential Fellows, Republican Party Strategist Ed Rollins, and former Vermont Governor and Democratic Presidential Candidate Howard Dean.

Each participating student was each asked to write a 500-word essay in preparation for the conference. Edward Chung and Tiffany Longarzo were two of only four students recognized for their essays, which addressed ways in which Obama’s presidency’s political leadership and policies influence the 2016 presidential race.

On March 28, more than 30 AP Bio students took part in a field trip to the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor. While at the professional lab, they performed Restriction Analysis and Bacterial Transformation experiments.  

The students learned a basic genetic engineering technique called Gel Electrophoresis, where DNA is manipulated according to its unique structure. This process is applied to DNA testing and fingerprinting as well as genetic diseases studies. Students also performed a bacterial transformation, during which they examined the fluorescent gene from a jellyfish and placed it into a bacteria.