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Announcements and Highlights
Young Scientist Roundtable

A monthly program designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their parents to learn about exciting ideas and developments presented by professors and prominent experts in many scientific fields presented at Central Middle School. All programs are always free and no registration is required. The main presentation begins at 7:00pm and is generally followed by a "Teen Roundtable" where students can participate in an in-depth discussion and question/answer session with the speaker. Programs are recorded for playback on ED's TV and a number of programs may be viewed online.

2016-2017 School Year – Welcome to the 25th Season!
Mark your calendars for the next exciting season of Young Scientist Roundtable programs held at Wayzata Central Middle School (305 Vicksburg Lane North, Plymouth) (unless otherwise noted).
Monday, September 26
"Comets: The Treasure Chest in the Cosmic Attic"
Dr. Charles Woodward, University of Minnesota School of Physics & Astronomy
Monday, October 24
"Systems, Invariants, Puzzles and Cancer"
Dr. Peter Olver, University of Minnesota School of Mathematics
Tuesday, November 15 – (re-scheduled from February 2, 2016)
"Honeycrisp Apples"
Dr. James Luby, University of Minnesota Dept. of Horticultural Science
Monday, December 5
"Carpal Tunnel"

Dr. Mark Wilczynski, Head and Upper Extremity Surgeon, Tria Orthpedic Center
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
"The Role of Organic Chemistry in Discovering Small Molecules"

Dr. William Pomerantz, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Organic Chemistry
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, March 7
Monday April 17

First Program of the School Year:
Dr. Woodward Monday, September 26
"Comets: The Treasure Chest in the Cosmic Attic"
Dr. Charles Woodward, University of Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
Solar system formation is a process that combines and transforms ices, organics and dust grains into a variety of objects, and ultimately into planets. Comets, formed at the beginning of this process, contain these materials as well as material transported from hotter regions closer to the sun. Do these materials of the comet contain clues as to what happens in planet formation? The program explored this idea, talking about the Rosetta/Philae comet-landing mission and glimpse at the astrobiological importance of these cosmic wanderers!
Dr. Woodward mentioned several pertinent and worthwhile books for further insights:
T Rex and the Crater of Doom, 1977 Walter Alvarez (Princeton U. Press)
Five Billion Years of Solitude, 2013 Lee Billings, (Current / Penguin)
Dr. Woodward also spoke to young scientists on December 1, 2009 about "Water on the Moon?: NASA L-CROSS Mission"
Watch a short video excerpt of Dr. Woodward talking about education and training for careers in science.
- See more at: http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/domain/1616#sthash.GqHuw6C3.dpuf
General Info
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Contacts
+ Biorn, Holly
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Documents and Resources
 Helpful Parenting Tips
Info About Your Gifted Child
 Bright:Gifted:Creative.pd
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3 Types of Student
 The Effect of Small Group Discussion on Gifted Students' Social-Emotional Well-Being.pdf
Mrs. Heitke's Grad Program Paper and Research on Gifted Students' Social-Emotional Needs

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