During the past school year, Upper School students Jakob Hull ’19, Alexis Kasper ’18, and Anna Goula ’18 worked with regular MFS substitute teacher John Trunkwalter and Science and Engineering Department Chair Drew Newman to conduct research as part of the Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Climate Change Program. The students investigated “How to Make Cities More Sustainable” and evolved their research from the spring MFS Science and Engineering Expo to prepare for their final presentation at the Satellite Educators Association Conference at California State University LA on July 29.
During their time visiting Los Angeles from July 25-29, Jakob, Alexis, and Anna were able to collaborate with fellow student research teams from the United States, China, and the UK. One special highlight was a tour of the JPL facility in Pasadena, where robotic spacecraft for solar system missions are built.
“This M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. Climate Change Program was a really successful and powerful learning experience for our students,” said Mr. Trunkwalter. “The students were very proud of the work they put into their research project and final presentation. They learned a lot about scientific research, public speaking, and collaborating with other research teams from around the world. I believe they left the conference with a much broader understanding and deeper enthusiasm for the actual application of science and engineering in our world.”