Science Research Class Takes Students in New Directions

By Joseph Endler

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

Catlin has always been known for having fun and unique classes. This year, five students have taken a class called Science Research where “through an extensive search of scientific literature, students develop their own novel research question to investigate over the course of the year.”

The class structure is very open and students are free to design a project that they’re interested in. At the end of the school year, students will present their work orally at the Junior Academy of Science at the Northwest Science Expo, and receive feedback from scientists.

For one senior’s project, Max Luu ’15 is making a more sustainable type of plastic to be used with 3D printers.

He commented, “The class just gives you a ton of freedom, I got to explore my passion of 3D printing and actually do something to make it better.”

Luu has already found someone interested in funding part of his research and hopes that he can truly make a difference in the community.

Feel free to talk to Max or any of the other students if you want to learn more about the class and what they are doing.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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