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High school science teacher awarded $2,000 grant

April 20, 2017
Dr. Colin Syme
High school science teacher awarded $2,000 grant

Upper St. Clair High School recently received a grant award from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh for five spectrophotometers and fluorometers, valued at $2,000.

Spectroscopy generally deals with light and color interference and diffraction phenomena, line spectra, spectrophotometry and chemical analysis. Spectrophotometers are color measurement devices used to capture and evaluate color. A fluorometer is an instrument for measuring the intensity of fluorescence, used chiefly in biochemical analysis.

Science teacher Dr. Colin Syme submitted the grant request in order to increase student knowledge and understanding for the uses of spectrophotometry and to use the equipment as a tool to address specific scientific questions.

“The spectrophotometers/fluorometers connect directly to our existing Vernier interface/software,” Dr. Syme said. “This offers an excellent opportunity in my LabRATS course to strengthen the area of biochemistry by providing the tools to allow students to utilize spectrophotometry.”

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of science education. The high school equipment grant program helps foster the study of spectroscopy in high schools.

Dr. Syme will be recognized at the society’s annual awards ceremony on May 24, 2017, at Duquesne University.