Archer’s annual STEM Symposium is an opportunity for Los Angeles high school students who have completed independent or small group projects in STEM to present their findings. Students are invited to present their research in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

The Archer RISE Award honors exceptional young women for their innovative scientific research or engineering design projects that further existing knowledge or develop solutions to pressing scientific challenges. Finalists for the RISE Award are noted in throughout the online program and will be awarded at lunch on May 21.

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Saturday, May 21 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Fighting HIV Infection in Teens--The Smart Way

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Young, heterosexual women between the ages of 14-24 are most at risk in the United States today for this sexually transmitted disease. While it remains unclear why there has been a spike in infection rates amongst this age group, I used my research on classroom teaching methods to arm Sacred Heart students with the knowledge necessary to combat these odds. By examining the different types of teaching techniques on infectious diseases, I curated a hands on and discussion-based curriculum to address the level of understanding of transmissible diseases amongst Sacred Heart students. Based on the research conducted on teaching methodology, I was able to quantify the efficiency of each simulation activity based on the level of improved-understanding the students show in their post-simulation surveys. Through the use of pre-simulation surveys, I am able to gauge the level of understanding, or lack-thereof, of infectious diseases such as HIV. The simulations will be crafted to build upon the concrete knowledge exemplified in the surveys, while correcting lapses in understanding.


Isabella Martin

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Grade 12

Saturday May 21, 2016 9:15am - 10:30am
Dining Hall

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