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“To analyze one of their samples it’s $500,” Aga said, explaining testing procedures for pharmaceuticals force the high cost in laboratories. “The equipment here is $150,000. So to analyze the samples here themselves it saves them a lot of money.”
But the teachers aren’t the only ones excited by the award. The students are flying high knowing their work is being noticed, and by a group with as much clout in the scientific community as SETAC.
The students are excited to be using the high-tech machinery and working towards a result they can be proud of achieving. Collin Kemeny, Emily Marra and Zachary Hayes have each been involved in the project since its inception and will be moving on from Lew-Port at the end of the academic year.
But they’ve all noted an increased awareness of science and mathematics in the real world they live in and once they’re done, they plan on pursuing careers in the field.
“This definitely made me realize I want to go into the sciences,” Kemeny said.
“If you look at the way education has been going, this is exactly what the state wants,” Hinchliffe said. “They’ve been focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It’s great these kids are looking to keep going on.”