Calhoun High School junior Skyler Basco has been accepted into the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences Junior Academy.
As a member of the Junior Academy, Basco will have the opportunity to collaborate with nearly 3,000 students from 94 countries on virtual challenges sponsored by industry leading companies and hosted on the innovation platform, Launchpad.
“I will get to spend approximately eight hours per week working with a team, completing research and building models on computer aided design programs,” Basco explained. “Additionally, we will work with a mentor to create solutions to real-world problems and then present our projects at the Global STEM Summit.”
These challenges are designed by the academy’s education experts to help students develop 21st-century skills as they prepare for the jobs of the future.
“It was my passions of biotechnology and genome-edited technology side of things that fueled my interest to apply for the academy,” Basco added. “I’m excited to be able to collaborate with so many people from around the world.”
Biology teacher Kimberlie Lascarides called Basco exceptional.
“She has an inquisitive mind and her questions in class demonstrate that her level of mastery runs deeper than the textbook,” she said. “Her pursuit of learning biology drives her to look beyond the classroom, to the Science Olympiad and now, to the New York Academy of Sciences.”
The mission of the New York Academy of Sciences is to drive innovative solutions to society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy. Only the top 10% of nearly 17,000 applicants are accepted.