On January 29, 2019 GSST seniors Noah Wiggins (Poquoson High School) and Brian Chou (Poquoson High School) participate in a Skype meeting with former astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Their mentor, research directorate Dr. Robert Moses, guides the student research project to plan the construction of a habitat on Mars. Utilizing In Situ Resource Utilization technologies, a base may be erected without the need for humans to be present. The construction would depend on robotic craftsmanship in forming a habitat for future occupation.
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer, former astronaut, and fighter pilot. As lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the Moon.
Katie Overbey, who is currently attending Johns Hopkins University was selected in 2017 as a Public Health Ambassador.
Click the link below to read the full story posted on Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website.
The GSST Quiz Bowl team of Jenny Gu (Tabb HS), James Harrington (Warwick HS), Lewis McAllister (Menchville HS), Rachel McNamara (Tabb HS), Kate Perkins (Warwick HS), and Jakob Weiss (Lafayette HS) travelled to the PACE National Scholastic Championship June 2nd – 3rd. The team was just formed this year. The first quiz bowl match GSST attended was the MVGS Open at the Mountain Vista Governor’s School. The team took a lot of lessons from that competition, as for many, it was the first quiz bowl they had attended in that format. A few weeks later, New Horizons competed in William & Mary’s second annual James Blair bowl. The team won second place at that event, with 3 members earning awards as top 10 scorers. It has been an honor to compete this year. The team has been hard at work practicing for the upcoming championship. They would especially like to thank their coach Dr. Woo, the York Foundation for Public Education, Lafayette High School, and Newport News Public Schools for making this all possible.
Anjali Patel a senior at Governor’s School was interviewed by 13 News Now for her research on Parkinson’s disease. Anjali conducts her research with her mentor Dr. Diana Castillo-Carranza, at Hampton University. To see the televised portion of the interview click the link below.
Xuan Nguyen (Hampton City Schools) and Matthew Carter (Gloucester County Public Schools) were invited to speak recently before the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) at their monthly meeting in Williamsburg. As part of Senior mentorship experience, and sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at Old Dominion University, Xuan and Matt have been performing research forecasting the trajectories of advanced energy efficiency technologies aboard ships for a local company. Researchers with the company who were members of the AEE found the results so intriguing and compelling, they asked the students to present their work at their monthly meeting. The students were guided in their research by their teacher-mentor, Steven R. Walk, whose research career has included the use of quantitative methods to model the growth and diffusion of technology and technological change.
On Saturday, April 21st GSST juniors Byunghyun Yoon, Wan-Ching Tseng, Elisabeth Seguin, and Emery Shelly in the Computational Science strand competed in the 2018 Code Quest Competition. The competition was held in Suffolk, VA at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation.
Emery Shelly placed 3rd in the novice category! Congratulations to our students on their achievements and dedication to STEM academics!
The Virginia Math League offers high schools students the opportunity to compete in 6 monthly contests throughout the school year. The contests are comprised of of 6 questions covering topics from algebra, geometry, precalculus, probability and statistics, and number theory. Students across the entire country participate in Math League contests.
This year, 19 students from the Governor’s School participated in the math league:
Tabb High School Participants:
Kasandra Aulenbach Ryan Bagalkotker Erin Cox Pablo Fernandez
Jenny Gu Sarah Lee Ryan Lenfant Alyssa Lowe
Rachel McNamara Eunice Namkoong Taekhoon Oh Taekwan Oh
CJ Omweg Manav Sheth Noelle Simpson Yifan Wang
Grafton High School Participants:
York High School Participants:
Three of our students, Jenny Gu, Taekhoon (Jack) Oh, and Taekhwan (James) Oh, were recognized for being among the highest-scoring students in the state. Additionally, The Governor’s School was recognized as one of the top scoring teams in the state.
Congratulations to all these students who contributed to the success of the Governor’s School Virginia Math League team this year!
In early January, FRC Team 122 was faced with the challenge to design, fabricate, test, redesign and program a robot in 6 weeks to participate in the FIRST challenge – Power UP.
During the weekend of March 2nd, the students and mentors traveled to Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA to participate in the FIRST Chesapeake District Northern Virginia Event. It was an event filled with ups and downs but the team learned many valuable lessons at this competition.
This past weekend, the students and mentors traveled to Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA to participate in the FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Event. After qualification matches, the team found themselves in 9th place. The 4th seeded alliance selected Team 122 as their 1st alliance partner. The team went on to win in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The team is extremely proud of their success!
The NASA Knights appreciate the financial support from NASA Langley Research Center.
The team is hopeful that they’ll have an opportunity to participate at the Regional Championships at the University of Maryland in a few weeks.
In Dr. Bedir’s Computational Physics class, students were introduced to the principal concepts and methods of fluid mechanics. Having learned about Pascal’s principle, the students are making a siphon and observing how a connected liquid in hydrostatic equilibrium rises to the same height in all open regions of the container
On Saturday, March 10th eighteen students and two GSST coaching instructors within the Computational Science Strand at the Governor’s School competed in the 33rd Annual Great Computer Challenge (GCC) at Old Dominion University. This event challenges groups of middle and high school students in a variety of computer competitions. GCC allows students to gain valuable experience in team collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.
This year the Governor’s School for Science and Technology brought home three awards, each in a different category. Macey Cohn and Alex Payne placed third in Music Composition. Hailey Thomas, Trevor Simmons, Jacob Sandling, and Mikhail Pozdniakov placed third in Scientific/Non-Business Programming. Huyen Nguyen, Michael Sutton, Brian Chou, Bradley Herron, and Noah Wiggins placed first in Desktop Presentations.
The Governor’s School for Science and Technology (GSST) STEM Summer Camp would like to extend an invitation to rising 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students who are interested in learning more about science, computer programming, engineering, and math.
GSST STEM Summer Camp offers students exciting and innovative ways to experience hands-on learning with important science, technology, and engineering concepts. The courses are educationally enriching, diverse, creative, highly interactive, and appealing to students of almost every learning interest or special talent.
Registration forms are available on line at http://nhrec.org/gsst/admissions/summer-camp . If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Shelley Sykes at (757) 766-1100 ext. 3397 or by email at email@example.com. Thank you.
Research Methodology and Ethics is the junior year research course at Governor’s School for Science and Technology. On February 16, students presented their projects at the annual GSST Junior Research and Design Poster Exhibition. Subject matter experts from area research facilities, universities and businesses served as evaluators. Photos show GSST faculty and senior students reviewing the junior posters to provide feedback and an opportunity to practice presentations prior to the Exhibition.
Two teams of students participated in the James Blair Quiz Bowl this Saturday at William and Mary.
The team of Juniors consisted of
Finn Hulse – Jamestown HS
Allen Liu – Kecoughtan HS
Gavin McCabe – York HS
Kai Vylet – York HS (10th overall High Scorer)
Mia Wright – Kecoughtan HS
They finished fifth overall in the tournament
The team of Seniors consisted of
James Harrington – Warwick HS (tied for 7th overall High Scorer)
Stas Kuzmenko – Lafayette HS
Rachel McNamara – Tabb HS (tied for 7th overall High Scorer)
Jakob Weiss – Lafayette HS (tied for 9th overall High Scorer)
The seniors finished second overall in the tournament and have officially qualified for the PACE Nationals held in DC June 2nd and 3rd.
Please join me in congratulating them on their accolades and hard work!
The Eighteenth Annual CNU Regional High School Mathematics Contest was held on February 3, 2018. This was a record-breaking competition, with 137 students from schools across eastern Virginia participating.
Congratulations to the winners from the Governor’s School teams.
Individual awards went to:
Kai Vylet: Highest individual score from the Governor’s School
Boheng Mu: Highest individual score for a Junior (overall)
Emery Shelly: Honorable mention (in the top 13 highest individual scores overall)
Stanislav (Stas) Kuzmenko: Highest overall individual score
And congratulations to the team of:
Benjamin (Ben) Keener, Stanislav (Stas) Kuzmenko, Boheng Mu, Wesley Whitehurst
for the 2nd highest team score.
Many thanks to the 12 students that represented the Governor’s School:
Katelynne Berland (Grafton HS), Catherine (Katya) Mikhailova (Bruton HS), Emery Shelly (Lafayette HS), Kai Vylet (York HS);
Erin Cox (Tabb HS), Alyssa Lowe (Tabb HS), Yoonseok (Yoon) Oh (Grafton HS), Noelle Simpson (Tabb HS);
Benjamin (Ben) Keener (Jamestown HS), Stanislav (Stas) Kuzmenko (Lafayette HS), Boheng Mu (Warhill HS), Wesley Whitehurst (Warhill HS).
The New Horizons Regional Transportation Organization charges the civil and structural engineers of Dr. Woo Engineering Physics Class to design, model, build and report on a prospective new or replacement bridge in the Hampton Roads Area.
Dr. Woo’s students researched traffic flow patterns and bridge conditions in the Hampton Roads area. Student’s designed in AutoCad and cut models out of foam board on the laser cutter. These future engineers recently reported on their proposed bridges and tested them under load.
Three teams of students from GSST traveled to Mountain Vista Governor’s School on Saturday, January 27th to participate in our first National Academic Quiz Tournament. Dr. Woo and his students had a great time and the students represented GSST well by placing two teams in the top 10 in our very first tournament.
Prof. Walk, teacher of Engineering Physics III & IV, recently gave an invited presentation at the 2018 Faculty Colloquium on Excellence & Innovation at Thomas Nelson Community College. Prof. Walk’s presentation, “Philosophy of Engineering: Gifted Students and the Big Picture”, describes the approach to engineering instruction in the senior year dual enrolled engineering courses in the Engineering Strand at GSST. He shows how the curriculum includes focus on the upper end of the engineering compendium, i.e., research and development, and introduces the concept of the philosophy of engineering in a pedagogical approach appropriate to the career aspirations and cognitive abilities of gifted and highly able students.
GSST Students Win First Place
I/ITSEC 2017 Future Leaders Pavilion
Designing and Programming of Weight-sensing Post-OP Shoe
New Horizons Governor’s School for Science & Technology (GSST) students, Gabriel Edwards and Nathan Robinson, both from Kecoughtan High School, Hampton City Public Schools were one of six schools in the county to compete in the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).
I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. Held near the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida. The Governor’s School students were accompanied by Mr. Jonathan Torch, GSST Computational Science instructor. The student’s project titled “Designing and Programming of a Weight-sensing Post-op Shoe” won first place within the Future Leaders Competition. In order to participate, Gabriel and Nathan had to complete a modeling/simulation project and a scientific paper. In addition, a presentation of their design and findings were presented before a panel of judges at I/ITSEC. Gabriel and Nathan were able to combine their knowledge of engineering and computer science to create a sophisticated prototype that earned them a first place award!
The I/ITSEC conference provided Nathan and Gabriel a first-hand experience of how interservice and industry members come together to share knowledge and do business. Gabriel and Nathan are planning to publish their paper and apply for a patent.
GSST students Jim Furches (York HS), Cale Overstreet (York HS), and Steven Peng (Grafton HS) are the members of Team Relatively Relativistic sponsored by Dr. Rhett Woo. They are participating in the Conrad Innovation Challenge, which is a national competition seeking innovative products that would benefit society in five different categories. Teams from all over the country submitted product ideas using a one minute video in the following categories: Aerospace and Aviation, Cyber-Technology and Security, Energy and Environment, Health and Nutrition, and Smoke-Free World.
Team Relatively Relativistic submitted an Electrohydrodynamic Thruster (or EHD Thruster for short), which works by ionizing air around a corona wire via high voltage, which then expands outwards towards an oppositely charged collector electrode, creating an air flow.
They have been selected as Semi-Finalist, and are now in the process of creating a business plan and a five minute video describing their EHD Thruster. If they are selected as one of the five finalists in the Aerospace & Aviation category, they will present their project at the Conrad Innovation Summit to a panel of scientists and business leaders at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Katherine Perkins is currently a senior at The Governor’s School. Her mentor at NASA is Dr. Ryan Norman. They will be using models to study how to reduce astronauts’ risk of radiation damage when astronauts are in space. This is especially significant as longer deployments are planned.
Dr. Norman introduced Katherine to his colleague Dr. John Mather who was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2006. He was recognized for his research supporting the Big Bang theory of the universe. Katherine had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Mather for three hours during which they discussed physics and education.
Alecia Guishard completed her senior mentorship with Dr. Sebastian Yakisich at Hampton University during the 2016-2017 school year. Alecia wrote an article titled Translational Gap in Ongoing Clinical Trials for Glioma based on her work completed in Dr. Yakisich’s lab at Hampton University. The manuscript has been accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Neurosciene.
Dr. Woo was one of 200 chosen nationally to represent Virginia at the 2017 Research Teachers Conference to be held in Washington D. C. The Society for Science & the Public chose teachers to attend this event from October 13 to 15, 2017. During the conference, teachers will have the opportunity to share experiences, tips, and practices together. They will also handle various challenges to better assist students in the independent science research community. This conference is supported by Regeneron with which the teachers will also learn more about the Society and the Regeneron Science Talent Search.
Seniors in the Engineering Physics III & IV class are assigned their first engineering design project the first day of school. Using common materials – clay, a wooden dowel, and a ping pong ball – they must design a working tippe top. A tippe top is a unique toy top that begins spinning as any normal top, but then flips over and spins on its spindle. See the video attached, in slow motion of a student’s successful tippe top design. Students use a variety of design approaches, for example, academic publications of the fundamental physics of tippe top behavior, analysis of the structure of a commercial wooden tippe top, countless trial-and-error spins, and other methods. For the most important lesson of the project, students assess their current engineering skills, comparing the approach they used in the design of their tippe top to the approaches professional engineers use in their design and problem solving roles. Students then begin to plan where they must focus to develop their own fully dimensional and effective engineering skill set.
Khalil a GSST alumni is now a 1693 scholar attending William & Mary. Recently an article was written about his choice to attend William & Mary, being awarded the 1693 scholarship and contributions he is already making. Click the link below to read the full story on the William & Mary website.
The Performing Arts Alternative at GSST
The Governor’s School proudly presents the Ensemble Ẻclectique, an alternative showcase for student individual and collective performing talent. Emphasizing originality and creativity, the Ensemble Ẻclectique stages performances at the GSST annual awards ceremony and other public venues.
If you are a talented instrumentalist, vocalist, or dancer with skills or strong interest in musical…
- Experimentation, or
- Creative expression
…and have a desire to move and entertain an audience, there is a role in the Ensemble Ẻclectique for you!
Your commitment to meet, collaborate, or practice on site once each week is required for the success of Ensemble Ẻclectique.
Auditions will be held, and parent or guardian permission is required. The selection criteria include technical skill, creative talent, and demonstrated commitment.
If you would like further information or to schedule an audition, simply contact Prof. Steve Walk in person or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2019 recognizes schools for their excellence and innovation in five categories: Arts & Humanities; Science, Math & Technology; Capital Improvements; Faculty Awards and Honors; and Special Needs. After careful and thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, Virginia Living’s editors selected schools that have instituted programs or recently begun capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experience in the classroom, in the field and in their communities. From large public research universities to two-year colleges and small private liberal arts colleges, and from public school systems to private boarding schools and special needs schools, Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2019 is the resource for anyone interested in knowing why Virginia’s schools are consistently ranked among the country’s best.
Over 100 4th through 7th grade students from across the region attended the 2017 GSST Summer STEM Camp.
Students engage in biology, environmental science, chemistry, physics, and webpage design/programming classes.
Many students elect to take multiple classes. Course instruction is given by GSST students.
The near-peer experience is great for all. Learning is hands-on and students engage in activities in classrooms and outdoors.
Parent feedback was very positive regarding student experiences and many “will be back next year”. Dr. Islam Bedir and Dr. Margaret Mulvey coordinate the STEM Camp.
Video produced at Old Dominion University, featuring our own Professor Walk.
Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at James Madison University, March 2017
Thirteen GSST students presented talks at the Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at James Madison University. These students worked very hard to prepare professional quality presentations. They were asked many questions by panels of university professionals. GSST students showed that they are poised and knowledgeable about their studies.
Please congratulate the following:
Alex Culver, Smithfield HS; IOW – Gold Medal & Outstanding Presentation Awards
Kylee Hockaday, York HS, YCPS – Outstanding Presentation Award
Abbigail Menge Burton HS, YCPS – Outstanding Presentation Award
Riya Palikonda – Menchville HS, NNPS – Outstanding Presentation Award
Annie Cao, Grafton HS, YCPS
Hannah Yoon, Grafton HS, YCPS
Emily Vogt, Grafton HS, YCPS
Mira Marinova Grafton HS., YCPS
Tryston Raecke Tabb HS, YCPS
Elizabeth Horley, Jamestown HS, WJCC
Laurel Hunter, Hampton HS, HCPS
Shannon Hepp, Kecoughtan HS, HCPS
Cale Overstreet, York HS, YCPS
The Physics Olympiad is a nine-day international competition among pre-university students from more than 60 nations. At the International Physics Olympiad, the competitors are asked to solve challenging theoretical and experimental physics problems.
The US Physics Olympiad teams selects its 5 team members by asking member teachers to nominate their best and brightest students to take the Fnet Test to qualify for the team. Each year tens of thousands of students participate in the Fnet test. Annually the approximately 300 students who score the highest on the Fnet test are invited to continue in the Semi-Final test for the US Physics Olympiad team. 20 students will be selected from the semi-finalist to attend a 2 week training camp in Maryland culminating in the selection of 5 students to represent the US in the International Physics Olympiad which will be held this year in Indonesia. Jenny Gu of Tabb High School in the Engineering Physics Strand scored in the top 300 nationally and will be competing in the US Physics Olympiad Semi-Final test in early April. Good luck Jenny!
Local Innovation Expert Meets with GSST Engineering Students
GSST senior engineering and physics classes are visited by Hampton Roads industry and university engineering leaders as part of the school’s Leadership Engagement Series. GSST wants students to be aware of the latest trends in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to help them to be better informed in their education and career choices, and to more fully understand the importance and value of the engineering skills they are learning in class and lab. Marty Kaszubowski, long time technology leader in Hampton Roads and Executive Director of the Center for Enterprise Innovation at Old Dominion University, met with engineering students this month. Mr. Kaszubowski focused on ways in which engineering innovation is brought to markets and to people. He demonstrated how the entrepreneur evaluates new ideas and develops new technology into successful products and services. He explained the role, organization, and evolution of the startup company, and gave students overviews of the major kinds of business organizations and how technology is developed and managed there. Students came prepared with questions and comments and everyone engaged in a lively and creative exchange of ideas. Said Marty, ”My hope is that the students will see entrepreneurship as a viable career path that requires the same sort of creativity and problem solving skills that scientists and engineers use on a daily basis. Also, irrespective of whether they someday start their own entrepreneurial venture, if they find themselves managing multi-disciplinary projects within a larger organization, or creating an enterprise that aims to address an important social issue, I hope they’ll remember that the principles of entrepreneurship will help them see every problem as an opportunity to create value and improve the world they live in.” When asked what he found at GSST, Marty replied, “I was warned that the students would come armed with questions, comments, and opinions, and that was exactly what I found. They were bright, engaged, and ready to explore the ideas I offered up. I look forward to doing this again, and I expect to hear great things from the students as they move forward in their careers.”
Simulation and Education Conference 2016
Winnie Zhang and Julie Zhou from York County Public Schools represented the Governor’s School for Science & Technology at the Interservice/Industry Technology, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida in early December. I/ITSEC is one of the largest simulation conferences with more than 15,000 in attendance. GSST is one of only six high schools to be represented in the Future Leaders Pavilion as part of the STEM initiative.
Winnie and Julie worked throughout the summer and fall to prepare their simulation entitled “A Simulation on the Effect of a Major World War on the Population of the World”. They discussed their work and demonstrated their simulation with many visitors and other students over the duration of the conference. They gave a formal presentation of their work to the student competition. Additionally, they were able to explore and interact with the enormous range of technology on display. Winnie and Julie plan to major in computer science in college and this conference gave them an exceptional professional experience and a look into the directions that technology and simulation are heading.
The Governor’s School for Science and Technology Scientific Programming Students Win 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing The regional NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors Laurel Hunter, Hampton HS and Katie Liu, Grafton HS for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Recipients receive two engraved awards: one for her, and one for her school’s trophy case. They also receive opportunities for scholarships, internships, research experiences, and other educational and employment opportunities provided by NCWIT member organizations. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local award competition to generate support and visibility for young women’s participation in computing around the country. Each local award taps into the powerful network of NCWIT Alliance members: teams from academia, non-profit organizations, startups, and corporations come together to build a community of support for young women interested in computing.
2017 Virginia & Washington DC Affiliate Competition Results
Laurel Hunter – Winner
Katie Liu – Runner-Up
CNU High School Math Contest is an annual mathematics competition for high school students in southeastern Virginia. The goal of the competition is to cultivate interest in good mathematics. Over 100 students representing schools from central and eastern Virginia came out to compete.
The Governor’s School for Science and Technology was represented by two teams comprising of students from Jamestown HS & Lafayette HS, in Williamsburg, James City, Grafton HS, & Tabb HS in York, Kecoughtan HS, in Hampton and Menchville HS, in Newport News. They won for 2nd overall team score, with individual prizes going to: Ben Keener for top school score outside overall winners, Stephen Shamaiengar for top score, all independent schools, and Stanislav Kuzmenko for 2nd highest score, overall.
Six students from the Governor’s School for Science and Technology attended the Student Conference of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in STEM (NCSSS). They were chaperoned by Dr. Mary Patterson. The conference was jointly hosted by the Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.
The conference included tours of the extensive laboratories of both host institutions, as well as various sites of New York City, with emphasis on innovative technology, including virtual technology.
Holy Cow! They Fly!
The engineers in the Junior Engineering Physics Class have encountered an unusual creature, the Flying Chick fil-A Cows. These are normal Chick fil-A Cows that have had so much freedom that they have mutated into a flying variety. The interest in this new variety of cows is obviously very high. NASA needs to determine the tensile strength required for flying cow leashes. These leashes will allow the cows the freedom to fly in a circular fashion and yet keep them safe from harm. NASA has asked the Junior Physics class at GSST to help with this investigation. The class has received a grant to study these cows. The grant requires hard data and a solid discussion of the physics involved. Some of the values that NASA requires include the radial velocity and acceleration, the forces on the cow and the leash. They will use what they have learned recently regarding uniform circular motion, Newton’s Second Law, and conical pendulums to further their investigation. All of the work will be presented in a lab notebook with a final report to NASA. Models for these cows were procured and studied. The results from the study of these models were compiled and sent on to the scientists at NASA to develop real leashes for the Flying Chick fil-A Cows. The class had a lot of fun as they used their knowledge of the physics of centripetal motion and Newton’s Laws. For more information on the results of the study and these phenomenal creatures please send a request to:
Dr. Rhett Woo
Project Manager – NASA Flying Cows Research Group
Lab Facility A70
GSST Junior Physics Class
520 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666