Students Conduct BEST Science!

Students of Janine Koenig, Biology II instructor at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, conducted three days of experiments as part of the school’s participation in “BEST (Bioscience Enrichment for Students and Teachers) Science!” BEST Science! is a partnership between Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Ochsner Medical Center and local school districts…. Read More

Anatomy of a Squid

During a class where they studied mollusks, students in Janine Koenig’s Biology II class dissected the squid to examine its external and internal anatomy. Mollusks are the largest marine phylum and comprise an estimated 23% of all the named marine organisms. Cephalopod mollusks, such as the squid, cuttlefish and octopus, are among the most neurologically… Read More

Pendulums and Harmonic Motion

Equipped with pendulums, weights, springs and measuring tapes, students in Science Department chair Matthew Foss’ physics class studied harmonic motion – repetitive movement back and forth through an equilibrium, or central, position, so that the maximum displacement on one side of this position is equal to the maximum displacement on the other side. The time… Read More

Transforming E. coli

Students in Mrs. Janine Koenig’s science class conducted an experiment for the transformation of E. coli bacteria by introducing two new genes into the bacteria’s genome. The two genes that were inserted were a gene to make it resistant to Ampicillin and a gene to make it fluoresce called Green Fluorescent Protein or GFP gene…. Read More

Paper Airplanes

Mr. Ryan Reuter’s 8th and 9th grade Physical Science classes are studying motion. They used paper airplanes to conduct a lab on speed. The students calculated the speed of their paper airplane by measuring the distance the plane traveled and the time that the plane was in the air. They returned to the classroom and… Read More

French Oratory Contest

St. Mary’s Dominican High School students Chloé Mendy, Elizabeth Wherritt, Claire Karcher, Emily Champagne and Mallory Grefer participated in the oratory competition hosted by Ecole Bilingue. The competition is for local high school French students ranging from one to four years of study, as well as students with immersion training. Students were required to recite… Read More