Students at Colonie Central High School work on lab experiments. The school was recently selected to be a Princeton University satellite learning center for molecuar biology.
continued “What kids are getting out of a Regents diploma is not really much at all,” Goldberg said. “They get to college and they are not nearly as prepared as they should be.”
Now that the school has over $20,000 worth of new equipment, Goldberg said he would now be able to do simple activities such as testing if foods from local grocery store have been genetically modified. He went to the local Hannaford shop and picked up five items to test. He also will be running a molecular biology course next school year for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field.
What Goldberg said he has planned for next year is a half-year lab-intensive class where kids will not just be lectured but will actually be able to get their hands dirty doing different projects and experiments.
“The kids that really want to do it and want to work will get a lot out of it,” Goldberg said. “I hope I get the right kind of kids. Not just the ones that want to play with stuff. I want ones that want to learn.”
Colonie Central School District Superintendent Jon Buhner said he is very impressed by what Goldberg has been able to do. Buhner is impressed by the initiative taken by Goldberg to better himself by originally going to the Princeton workshops and is excited to see the benefits the students will get out of it.
“It’s rigorous and demanding,” Buhner said of the program, which his own son has gone through. “It is extremely demanding and really prepared kids to go into upper science opportunities when they leave here. It makes sure kids are ready for that level of work and expectations. He [Goldberg] does a tremendous job with the kids.”
Goldberg said he is not exactly sure how he was chosen to run these workshops but said he feels extremely lucky to have been selected.
“I’m thrilled they picked me,” he said. “I must have done something right.”