DESCRIPTION OF INDEPENDENT SCIENCE RESEARCH (ISR):
This elective science course is intended for seniors interested in continuing their study through an independent project in science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. Students participating in Independent Science Research (ISR) should have a significant science background prior to entering the course. ISR projects are subject to considerable peer and teacher review during all phases of development.
The focus of this course is on sustained, scientific inquiry. Students are expected to take responsibility for project development, meeting timelines, collecting data, defending procedures, and presenting results.
The instructor advises students on the research process, information sources, and contacts. Instruction is also provided on such topics as data collection and presentation, statistical interpretation of results, protocols for research, and presentation skills.
All ISR students are required to participate in the process leading to possible selection for participation in the Loudoun County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
All students are expected to complete an in-depth research project as a required part of their course work during the second semester.
Students may choose a dual enrollment option offered through a partnership with George Mason University, Integrated Science and Technology. Students have the opportunity to earn 3 college credits from GMU while completing the in-depth research project. The project (mandatory for all students (regardless of whether they choose the dual enrollment option) requires student to apply all skills learned during the first semester, identify a suitable independent research topic, and demonstrate their ability to complete and present their project to school faculty and to GMU faculty and staff. To earn the 3 credits, students must meet or exceed the project expectations established by GMU.
This course can be used to satisfy one of the science requirements for the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma.
TIME COMMITMENT TO CLASS:
Students will be completing an independent research project at home and at school for presentation at the LCPS Science Fair in March.
In class emphasis will be on learning lab techniques and fundamentals of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. This is a lab based class with hands on lab experiences.