Our second senior is Lena Walker, who is doing amazing fieldwork/research exploring education and special needs. Here’s her update:
I’ve been meeting some (super) cool people. And I’ve been getting to know a lot about autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities by talking and meeting with parents and students and teachers, and by spending time with researchers.
I’ve spent most of my time at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, with my Great Aunt Martha Denckla (she’s a research scientist there, and a professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the nearby JHU medical school.) I’ve sat in on conferences full of (difficult!) scientific talk and (crazy-freaky) statistical language (hi Rachel!) But everything is really so fascinating once it starts to make sense (Oh, and there’s some good free food.)
Today, Martha was teaching JHU students how to test for executive functioning. She discussed an interesting case of a young boy who was initially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, but was later diagnosed with minor ADHD and tourette’s (a VERY unusual case…) Anyway, I’ll have lots to talk about for my presentation. Missing Burke, and can’t wait to see everyone soon.
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With graduation just days away, all the rites of passages begin…Senior Prank (see below), Senior Trip, Senior Send-off…and now, a new offering:
For two weeks after AP’s, seniors can now choose to undertake their own self-designed adventures. In its pilot year, 5 brave seniors have decided to be the pioneers in what will hopefully become another Burke tradition.
All this week we’ll be highlighting each of the Senior Project Seniors and their amazing work.
First up: Michael Curcio working with F.O.R.C.E. (Friends of Rock Creek Environment)
In his own words:
“For my senior project, I am working for Friends of Rock Creek Environment (FORCE) in Chevy Chase D.C. I have been working on a video that discusses the groups construction of a Rain Garden at Chevy Chase Library. Rain gardens help absorb rain water so it does not go straight into Rock Creek, which carries trash and pollutants. During the project I have spent time filming in Rock Creek and have learned much about the environment and watershed there. When I complete the video, it will be posted to the blog.”
Here’s some more info about F.O.R.C.E.
Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment (FORCE) is a nonprofit organization working in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., to protect and restore Rock Creek. Since its founding in 2005, FORCE has become just that–a force for positive change in the Rock Creek watershed.
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