Science

Nowhere is Marvelwood’s commitment to experiential education more evident than in our science classrooms.

Our science department has been recognized by the State of Connecticut for its innovative, hands-on programs as well as its contributions to state and local agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, The Audubon Society and The Kent Land Trust. In 2014, Science Department Chair Laurie Doss was named one of five Aquarion Environmental Champions for her stewardship in environmental education and awareness.

Marvelwood students have worked side-by-side with Smithsonian scientists in Panama, delivered insect samples collected in the rainforest to Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, toured the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and attended lectures at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and are given many unique opportunities to work with professionals outside the School community and to engage in research and scientific outreach on a global scale.

Ongoing projects, including guide dog foundation, GPS mapping of vernal pools, water quality testing, UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy, the Purple Martin Conservation Association, and our operation of one of only three licensed high school bird-banding stations in the United States, illustrate Marvelwood’s dedication to innovative experiential education.
 

Science for a Changing World

In Search of Bats!

Aiden Cherniske ‘23 is spending his summer working on a project through UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy to survey bats in the area and raise awareness about their importance to local communities. 

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Community Partnerships for Conservation

Skiff Mountain is a vibrant classroom for our science students. Under the direction of Science Department Chair, Laurie Doss, students work on a variety of projects in partnership with outside organizations and the greater Kent community.

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Frozen River

For the second January in a row, Marvelwood students used drone skills to help monitor ice build-up and flooding on the Housatonic River in Kent. 

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Drone Class

In a new elective students are learning about drones and how they are used in the fields of conservation, heritage preservation, and emergency management.

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What is an IBA?

Kent Center School 5th and 6th graders in Josh Szwed's science classes were treated to a presentation about what it means to have an IBA (Important Bird Area), the Macedonia Forest Block, in their town, and the work that went into achieving this distinction.

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Banding Waterfowl

Ornithology students, Science Department Chair Laurie Doss, and community volunteers banded large birds at the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy in Litchfield.

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Exploring Block Island

Students spent three days looking and listening for birds, fishing, and exploring the island's rich array of places to see and things to do.

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"Spirits in Color" by Owen Tacy '20

 

Imagine a place of possibility...

The core mission of The Marvelwood School’s Science Department is to celebrate and encourage student curiosity and to promote life-long learning and acquisition of knowledge in all aspects of science. Our department’s primary goal is to teach scientific and technological literacy, enabling students to compete in the workplace and to make informed, responsible decisions about science-related issues at both the local and global levels. By stimulating the spirit of inquiry, nurturing curiosity, and incorporating real-world science (in addition to other disciplines such as the humanities, math, technology and engineering) into the daily classroom experience, we teach our students to understand that we live in an integrated world, to recognize their responsibility to become global citizens, and to appreciate the unique role that science and scientific collaboration play with respect to creating a world that is sustainable for future generations.

Education...Reimagined


 

The Marvelood School Science Department

Michelle Borsavage

Michelle Borsavage

Roles: Faculty & Staff, Coach
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Michael Cuff

Michael Cuff

Roles: Faculty & Staff, Coach
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Laurie Doss

Laurie Doss

Titles: Chair, Science Department, Panama Trip Coordinator
Roles: Faculty & Staff
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Marissa Hansen

Marissa Hansen

Roles: Faculty & Staff
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Heather Hunt Ed.D.

Heather Hunt Ed.D.

Titles: Academic Dean
Roles: Faculty & Staff
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Grace Lin Ph.D., P'20

Grace Lin Ph.D., P'20

Titles: Chinese Family Liaison
Roles: Faculty & Staff
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