This week, tenth grade students hosted Research in the Community Night at Bay, delivering individual 10-minute presentations on a wide variety of research topics from their semester-long course. With parents circulating throughout the building to watch some of the more than 50 presentations, each student speaker addressed salient issues regarding public health, the environment, civil rights, political life, and economic challenges in the Bay region.
All tenth grade students take Research in the Community, a course that builds a foundation of research skills while allowing each student to choose and explore an issue that is both interesting to them as well as relevant to their communities. In preparing their research, students define a meaningful question and use both traditional academic and field-based research techniques, including interviews with experts, to develop a thoughtful response.
Eliza ’21 examined the rationale and possible implications of SB 10, legislation abolishing cash bail in California. Elizalooked at how such legislation enacted in other states affected incarceration to understand the pros and cons of this new legislation intended to minimize socioeconomic (and correlated racial) discrimination in the justice system. And she shared her hope that the disproportionate incarceration of people of color may change as a result of the new law.
Aly ’21 presented on youth and family in Chinatown and the role the YMCA plays in providing important programs and resources for both. Her expansive, historic framing and understanding of Chinatown’s and the YMCA’s history, along with the stories she gathered through interviews and her original images of Chinatown, created a compelling portrait of the residents and life of Chinatown and the YMCA–places where young people develop lifelong friendships, strong community ties, and leadership.
Julius ’21 addressed the impact of the tech boom on small businesses in San Francisco. While he began his research with a clear perspective that the tech boom is bad for small business in the city, and was able to find evidence to support it, he came to a different though not transformed perspective through an interview with a Bernal Heights small business owner named Ken. Ken had been in the neighborhood for many years and changed his business as the needs of the community changed. Ken felt small business owners needed to creatively adapt to the changes afoot rather than protest the fact of change. Ultimately, while he found Ken compelling, Julius still expressed uncertainty about losing San Francisco’s identity as a place for arts and culture to thrive.
A complete list of the intriguing presentations is below. Congratulations to Bay students and teachers for an evening filled with education for all.
Unreadable: Foreign Languages and Dyslexia
Just One of the Many Reasons Why Voting Matters: How Brett Kavanaugh Will Impact Roe v. Wade
Hugs Not Drugs: The Effects of Stress and Substance Abuse on Teens
Global Warming in the Bay Area: Understanding our Rising Sea Levels
Why Can’t the Homeless Find Housing in San Francisco
What Factors are Contributing to San Francisco’s Housing Crisis?
The Mental Health of LGBT + Youth
The Three Letters Nobody Wants to Hear: MSG
Justice for Juveniles: Improving the Juvenile Justice System
Man’s Best Friend: The Way Fear and Anxiety Impact Our Dogs
Breaking Barriers: Life as a First-Generation Student
What are the Effects of Concussions?
Should the Homeless be Allowed to Have Dogs?
Carving a Path for First-Generation Students
The Advantages and Disadvantages of “Diet Detox”
The Effects of Alcohol on the Teenage Brain
The Achievement Gap: PTA Funds in Public Schools
Homelessness in the Bay Area: Has it Been Normalized?
Chlorpyrifos: The Chemical Menace
Sociality in School: Ideals, Ideas and Everyone’s Perspectives
Who Impacts a Student’s Education
How the Tech Industry has Affected the Bay Area
California’s Cracking of Climate Change
The Morality of the Prison Industry
Gun Violence: An In-Depth Look at the Effectiveness of California’s Gun Laws
The Negative Effect of Social Media
A Bite Out of the Truth: the Population Decrease of Sharks
High or Dry: Legalization of Marjuana, Its Effect on Teens
The Melting Ski Industry: Thoughts on California’s Drought
The Youth and Democracy: Voting Among Youth in America
A Common Addiction: Causes and Consequences of Caffeine Addiction
Cats and Dogs: Stray Population and Shelter Euthanasia
Food Deserts: What Can be Done?
The Toxic Profits of the FAst-Fashion Industry
Breaking the Bank: What Spiked the Exorbitant Cost of SF Living?
Romeo and Juliet: The Resurgence of Teenage Nicotine Addiction
Kitty Kitty Bang Bang: The Overpopulation of Cats in the Bay Area
Stressed Out: Teenage Anxiety and Academic Performance
Plastic Planet: The Effects of Ocean Plastic on Humans and Wildlife
Taking a Stand: Racial Protest in Sports
Changing the Law for Graffiti
Video Games and Violence
Welfare and Drugs? Drug Testing Welfare Recipients
Living on the Street: San Francisco’s Growing Homeless Population
Challenged: Censorship in Public Libraries
Bee Conscious: The Bee Crisis in California
Don’t Sleep on This: Sleep and the Health of High School Students
Junked: Auto Recycling and Governmental Regulation
Truth in Media: Misrepresentation of Blackness and Its Effects on Local Youth
The Impact of Sexual Trauma
Sexual Abuse in Female Sports
Taxing Growth: The Effect of Tech on Small Business in the Bay Area