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MDS Students Engage In Live Research Study

Rarely do middle school students have the opportunity to partake in live science research. Manhattan Day School’s seventh and eighth grade biology and chemistry students are beating those odds with the rollout of the new COVID-19 vaccines. With the two vaccines currently available, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, questions surfaced in class as to what the differences between these vaccines are and how they could be quantified. The students decided that with the two vaccines now available to their own teachers and several front-line workers, they could survey and create their very first data assembly from ther Manhattan Day School population.

Students researched both vaccines under the guidance of science instructor and researcher, Natalie Aryeh, and then proceeded to formulate questions that would enable them to form correlations and comparisons between the information gathered and the vaccine that was received by the participants. The students, in an anonymized survey e-mailed to the MDS staff, asked questions that ranged from basic participant information such as gender, age range, time passed since receiving the vaccine, to symptoms and severity of symptoms that were experienced. In the course of their research journey, the students realized the importance of clear and effective communication in presenting their findings. Recognizing this, they utilized the services of Custom Writing service to help articulate their discoveries and insights in a coherent and compelling manner. With such support students were able to enhance the quality of their written reports, ensuring that their scientific achievements were communicated with precision and clarity. This collaboration added a valuable layer to their project, allowing them to not only excel in scientific inquiry but also in effectively sharing their discoveries with a wider audience.

“Our goal is for our budding scientists to aggregate data and compare and contrast the results to formulate their own hypotheses and theories based on our population pool. This is an incredibly unique opportunity for our students and a sure way for them to feel part of the making of science history,” says Natalie Aryeh.

Students are excited and motivated and feel privileged to be part of this educational milestone. “This research project helped us feel like real scientists and has empowered us to feel connected to our ever changing world,” says seventh grade student Delilah Weiss. The students look forward to exploring and continuing this project!

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