Fourth Through Eighth Grade Students Conduct Cutting-Edge Research with The Johns Hopkins University
Posted May 25, 2012
St. Andrew's commitment to connecting science with learning was on full display Thursday afternoon as 4th through 8th grade students provided data, that included their saliva, for the "Peer Relationships, Stress, and Academic Performance" study.
The study was co-designed by St. Andrew's and The Johns Hopkins University. This research has the potential to provide important insight into St. Andrew's ongoing commitment to creating a positive social environment for each student so they can maximize their potential as a learner and as an individual.
Many benefits emerged from this research study with Johns Hopkins. First, it provided the opportunity for St. Andrew's students to work directly with professors from The Johns Hopkins University, one of the leading research institutions in the United States. Second, students had a first-hand experience in original scientific research. Third, students emerge from this study with newly acquired knowledge on salivary bioscience and the scientific method. Finally, this research will provide direct feedback about our own students that can both validate and enhance current programming and instructional practices at the school.
This research places St. Andrew's at the forefront of schools applying how much we know about how all students learn and how the brain works by using science to inform educational practices. The ultimate beneficiaries of this work will be each of our students.