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Harry Potter turns into real-life lesson for Tech Valley students

Students present their findings on the Butterbeer Study. - Tech Valley High School

Recently, we posted a story on the Tech Valley Page about students from Tech Valley High School learning how Butterbeer is made.

The fictional, non-alcoholic beverage taken from the “Harry Potter” series was turned into a real-life science experiment, where students learn about cell respiration and fermentation.

The data was used to determine how the recipe could be improved. Students recently dressed up in “Harry Potter” costumes to present their findings.

TVHS welcomes new math teacher

A new math teacher has joined the ranks At Tech Valley High School.

Varada Pandya-Vaughan began at the school in January.

Pandya-Vaughan takes over for Nicole Gallo, who moved downstate at the end of last school year.

She most recently taught in the Albany City School District.

TVHS says information sessions a big draw

Tech Valley High School continues to draw prospective students.

The school says more than 100 prospective students attended information sessions at the school in East Greenbush, along with Hudson and Schoharie.

Interested students are put into a lottery system. Forty slots are available for incoming freshman.

The next session is scheduled for march 3 at 6 p.m. In the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science And Engineering.

The school plans to move there in the fall.

TVHS students using science, math, to improve bus routes

Imagine being able to tell your bus driver the route you want them to use to drive you to school. Some ninth graders at Tech Valley High School in East Greenbush are getting to do that

The students are using computer software to analyze bus routes and traffic patterns at different times of the day. The data is then being used to help come up with more efficient routes.

The project is expected to last three weeks.

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RPI professor receives $1.7 research grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.7 million to Rensselaer researcher George Makhatadze.

The RPI professor is working with custom proteins. Using computers and technology, he is trying to come up with ways to speed up the natural reactions they have when they interact.

More information about Makhatadze's work can be found in the official press release below:

Expanding the Range of Nature’s Catalysts for Industrial Applications

NSF Awards $1.7 Million Grant to Rensselaer Researcher George Makhatadze                                                            

Butterbeer teaches TVHS students about cell respiration

Matthew Schottenfeld of Schodack, and Nafisa Rahman of Hudson, also working on the project. - Tech Valley High School

“Harry Potter” is coming to life for some students at Tech Valley High School.

The students are creating a beverage called “butter beer” to learn about cellular respiration.

Butterbeer is a root beer-life beverage that is from the “Harry Potter” books.

Through the experiment, students are learning about cell respiration, and how energy from molecules is transformed into cell energy. They are also learning how temperature affects the chemical makeup of the beverage.