Opinion: Why You, Yes You, Should Help with AP Bio Final Projects

Risa Hammel

Many of the bio experiments involve testing memorization, and factors that influence the potential to memorize lists of words or numbers.

Risa Hammel

Yes, it is that time of the year again: that time where your life is virtually dominated by your classes and their final projects or papers.
One of the major final projects in our midst at this moment is the AP Biology Research Project. Students have formed groups of three or four, and have come up with a research question that they must attempt to answer through extensive research and testing.
These students are frantically trying to fulfill their visions for their projects, which for many, involves endless recruiting.
Recruiting for research topics involving people poses a problem for the students who have the guts to work with people. This takes guts because, naturally, humans do not like work. Taking part in these experiments often involves spending a lunch or two, or staying after school, to participate in the variety of tests set out by the AP Bio students.
How exactly do these students get participants? That is a very complicated and delicate question.
Many people have heard of the dozens of Facebook groups created to recruit people for experiments. Facebook offers an easy and accessible way to communicate en masse with hundreds of students. So the easiest way to lure people into your testings is to create a page, and click “Invite all friends.”
These pages have titles such as, “AP Biology Recruitment,” “Yes… Another Bio Experiment,” and “I don’t usually participate in experiments, but when I do, it’s this one.” More often than not, these pages also offer an alluring temptation of snacks, food, or beverages, in exchange for your part in the testing.
So why should you, a typical student unaffected by these poor soul’s grade, take part?
You should take part because  it’s the right thing to do. If you had to form and test twenty people, I’m sure you would want people to help you without hassle. But, let’s be honest, most people will ignore these carefully planned and excessively worried-over Facebook groups, because they would rather not put in the effort to help their fellow classmates.
Don’t get me wrong, I am totally not judging here. Many students are loaded with AP tests, SATs, and finals, and simply do not have the time to carry out any extra events.
“I would take part in the experiments,” says junior Hannah Rechsteiner. “but I have my own classes to worry about right now, because the end of the year is so close. I feel like, because I’m not in that class, it’s not a top priority for me.”
But, from all of us bio students, we strongly beg of you to take an extra half hour and help us out!
“I would like it if more people helped out,” says junior Simone King. “Most of the tests aren’t difficult, and you get food or candy afterwards. It’s a huge part of our final grade, and the more subjects we can get, the better our results will be.”
In Simone’s group, the subject is told to drink a substance (for privacy, I will not reveal this…) and perform a series of simple tests in order to try to evaluate the drinks effects. These tests include a sudoku puzzle, finger taps, and a few more easy, non-strenuous activities.
Virtually no effort in your part, and you get to walk away with some kind of treat. What could be better?
So, in short, if you see a Facebook page, or a text from a friend begging you to help them, please oblige. Helping other students in their tests could potentially be the difference in grades for the proctor, and you never know, next year you could be in the same position with your AP Bio final projects.
Get a head start on your recruitment list for next year! Go out and help, help, help. Karma will reward you in the end.
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6 Responses to “Opinion: Why You, Yes You, Should Help with AP Bio Final Projects”

  1. Zoe Pacalin on May 15th, 2012 8:58 pm

    i think it is both fun and rewarding to help AP bioites with their projects and I’ve heard of a handful of projects that are about very interesting topics.

  2. Jenna F on May 16th, 2012 9:05 pm

    My group has definitely been trying to bribe people with food. It worked for the most part!

    jacob pfau Reply:

    food bribery worked on me, i encourage more groups to use food incentives.

  3. Alison Myoraku on May 16th, 2012 9:18 pm

    I admire the students who are willing to work with teenagers for their experiments. I remember deciding to work with plants because I thought using people would be too difficult. I’ve participated in a couple of experiments, and they have all been fun and quick!

  4. Madeline D-G on May 18th, 2012 2:44 pm

    I’ve heard about the AP projects, they sound very interesting !

  5. Breana on June 1st, 2012 5:33 pm

    i helped out with some bio projects and it really was not that bad, just takes up one of your lunches. i know that if i were in their situation though, id really want volunteers to give up one lunch to help me get a good grade