Journal Entries:




Hi, I’m Izze Silverman and it’s my first year at WISRD. I’m starting 9th grade and I’ve been at Wildwood since kindergarten. I’m hoping to work with life sciences this year. I’m really interested in hydroponics because I did some research about it last year and conducted an experiment. I am also interested in working with ENABLE to create a prosthetic hand. My cousin, Emily R, did this while she was at WISRD and got me really interested in what she did.



In my very first journal writing, I mentioned the labs I was interested in. Since then, my mind has changed a bit. Joe and I have spoken about how important system integrations are, especially if you’re female. I am still interested in the other labs, but I would also like to dig deeper into coding. I have been I’ve been working with the Arduino and using TINKERCAD Circuits to code. I’ve been using and going through their tutorials. 

I made my first WISRD Tweet on September 9th. Press on the blue underlined “WISRD Tweet” link to see the video. I screen recorded myself coding the Arduino to turn an LED light on and off repeatedly. As of 20/9/23, the tweet has 465 impressions, 68 media views, and 28 total engagements. It also has three retweets and two likes. 

I really like TINKERCAD Circuits because it’s easy to use and depending on what you’re coding, it’s your choice whether it’s going to be challenging or easy. I haven’t been great at Journaling, but hopefully, I will get better as the semester continues.



In the past week or so, I’ve made a lot of steps in the right direction. I was appointed the point person for WISRD’s Instagram which is very exciting. I really like to work with social media so this position is a perfect fit. Joe has also told me about a new lab being presented to the board. It’s very similar to the hydroponics lab, but it’s working with coral instead of lettuce. This really caught my attention because marine biology really interests me. The hydroponics group has also reached out to me to ask if I’m interested in joining their lab. I was super excited when I got the email because I would love to join their lab. I’m currently discussing the pros and cons of joining each lab with Joe. The director of WISRD, Dani, has asked me to be the Board historian. This position entails writing notes about what is discussed in the Board meetings every other Tuesday, which I also have to attend. This position does not entail voting as a Board member, although if I want to become a voting Board member next year, becoming the Board Historian this year will really help. I’ve been tinkering with my journal recently and created a very easy way to travel through it.



This past week I’ve been doing a lot of research for the coral project. Joe gave me an article about the clay tiles I’ll be creating for the coral to grow in and it’s really interesting. The lab is trying to create a way for the dying coral to repopulate by growing them in clay tiles which speed up their growth. I’ve also posted a lot on Instagram for the other WISRD members and our followers just keep going up! Ximena scheduled a meeting for the women of WISRD where we had interesting conversations. I also had an amazing meeting with the Hydroponics Lab group. I asked them questions about how they got started with their lab and how they’ve navigated WISRD throughout their school lives. They were really helpful and answered a lot of my questions. Although they’ve been so helpful and kind to me, I’ve decided not to join their lab. Instead, I’m going to start my own. I’m going to continue to research ideas for a coral research lab which I will pursue as my own lab.  



I’m the new Board Historian for WISRD’s board! The board unanimously voted me and I’m super excited to be their Historian. I missed the meeting where I was voted to be Board Historian because I was sick, but I’m definitely going to be there for the next meeting, tomorrow. In about a week, Dark Matter Night is on! I’m excited to learn and hear from my other WISRD members about Dark Matter. I’m still researching coral growth and posting regularly on Instagram and Twitter.



I have so much news! I recently teamed up with St. Monica Catholic High School for my coral research project. They have a 70-gallon saltwater tank and 4 members plus a teacher who all want to pursue this project as well. Today, we had a meeting where I met all their members and we practiced our poster presentation which we will be presenting on November 9th. I set up the agenda before we met and sent it to them, considering I’m the PI for WISRD’s Coral Research Group. We had a great meeting and hope to have another practice and edit round before the 9th. I also had conferences today where I told my parents about the work I’ve been doing in WISRD this year. I’ve continued to post on WISRD’s Instagram and Twitter regularly. My piece of our poster is informing my readers about the problem, coral bleaching. I’m also going to introduce our group and conclude the presentation. I worked really hard on the script with Joe and Dr. Griffis, the teacher working with the members of MORI, (Mariner Ocean Research Institute) at St. Monica. All four members are sophomores which is very exciting because it means our group can stay together for at least another three years. Dark matter night went well and was very interesting and informative. I also went to my first meeting as a board member and practiced being a board historian for the first time. I think this position will prove very helpful in getting me onto the board as a voting member next year. Here’s MORI’s Tank:


Poster presentation night had a few snags, but other than some zoom-bombing issues, it went amazing. We presented smoothly and didn’t have breaks in-between. Since we’d been zoom-bombed, we couldn’t unmute ourselves, so I didn’t get to conclude the presentation, but it’s okay because the publications group did a good job of concluding our presentation. I met with MORI once again before our presentation as well. Another member of WISRD has shown interest in joining WISRD and it’s exciting to see my group come together. I’ve also gone to my second board meeting and continued to post on Instagram and Twitter. I’ve created an elevator pitch with the help of Joe and MORI and will present it at the next board meeting. The 3D printer is almost set-up and Joe’s thinking it should be ready to go soon. Here’s our poster:


This week I’ve continued to research, tweet, post, and work. I’ve mostly been working on researching. Joe’s set up the 3D printer:

We’ve also sent out an email to the art directors to see if anyones interested in joining our lab that has skills as a ceramicist.