“I have never been able to say that a class has changed me, but The Ridgefield High School Science Research Program is no more a “class” than Google is a webpage. It has taken off from an academic course to a family of students who journey together from early curiosity to self discovery in the science research world. In the process, the students learn how to professionally and appropriately express themselves and share their message with others. This community of learners grows in their abilities not only in science, but in their real-world skills that help a student in every class. Along with these skills, the students also are awarded with incredible opportunities including conducting authentic research and entering elite science competitions. Students’ ‘topics’ are not just projects, these are the ideas that will fuel the future of research and innovation.”
While reflecting on the Science Research course for a post on its website, see here, I was reminded again of the incredibly unique opportunity I have been given to live in a town with a program like this and to be accepted in a community of learners who help each other grow and develop as students and professionals. Most can agree that large scale research in high school is nearly impossible, but this group of students and friends strives to achieve such tremendous success, and I am more than proud to be involved.