IMPACT

IMPACT allows students to explore the informative power of data journalism. Students learn about both the data analysis aspect and the storytelling aspect of data journalism; module topics include media bias, misleading statistics, FOIA requests, data in politics, and much more. By the end of the year, each IMPACT student will have contributed to a project that uses data analysis and visualization to profile a UN Sustainable Development Goals. The four umbrella categories students chose from are environment, energy, social justice, and economy. In the IMPACT elective, most student projects focus on no poverty, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities, and climate action. The goal of the IMPACT program is to provide students a stronger understanding of how to find trends and meaning in mass amounts of information.
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2022
Wednesday, April 27th
9:30 AM

Implicit Bias in Healthcare

Manasa Balasubramanian '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Amanda Barajas '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aashima Singh Sisodia '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

This study analyzes existing data about healthcare access, focusing on marginalized populations. This paper includes statistics and informational graphics pertaining to health care access for minorities, as well as analysis of why such disparities are present. As a whole, major factors that impact healthcare access are income level, race, and sexual and gender orientation. Existing implicit bias as well ... Read More

9:30 AM - 12:50 AM

Space Governance

Bikrant Bhattacharyya '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Vanali Desai '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nour Husseini '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Sree Atyam '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Feats and achievements that humanity made are over the boundaries and forces of what the world once expected. One of the greatest reflections of international fear is the International Space Station, which consists of 5 mainly participating agencies being Natutional Auronics and Space Administration (US), European Space Administration (Europe), The State SPace Corporation “ROSCOSMOS” (Russia), Canadian Space Agency (Canada), ... Read More

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Systemic Transphobia faced by IMSA students

Sori Bannon '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Joey Paras '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Emily Karbowniczek '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Laasya Nagumalli '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

We interview and collect data on transphobia and its effects among the student population of the Illinois Math and Science Academy. The intent is to focus on more subtle forms of transphobia not covered in the recent anti-discrimination poll sent out in the spring of this year. Topics include deadnaming, pronoun misuse, transphobic microaggressions, bathroom discrimination, and housing discrimination ... Read More

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

The effect of COVID-19

Dominika Klejka '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Gavin O'Malley '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Pru Sureshkumar '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the world but how exactly did it affect different parts of the world differently? We will answer this question by comparing census data before and after COVID. We will analyze how various factors such as income, crime rate, etc have changed before and after COVID-19. Afterwards we will look at covid rates ... Read More

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Trash

Braden Bulla '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
JaKhai Hudson JaKhai Hudson '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Ashwin Nair '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

We are aligned for UNSDG Goal #14, Life Below Water. We are analyzing levels of trash in the major oceans and seeing if there is a correlation to the amount of species in that ocean. The plan is to use data from landfill data as well as data that will be able to differentiate the levels of trash between ... Read More

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

9:55 AM

Ethical Implications of the Development of Autonomous Vehicles

Anirudh Chari, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
JaeJun Park, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Rithik Thekiniath, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Self-driving cars, known as autonomous vehicles, are set to dominate the future transportation market. With a current market value of 54 billion dollars along with the projection to grow to 550 billion by 2026, many experts predict it as the future of our transportation. Utilizing its various sensors such as the camera, radar, and lidar, autonomous vehicles do not ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

Inclusivity of the Women’s Fashion Industry

Blessita Charly '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Maggie DiMarco '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Lisa Zhong '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

The women’s fashion industry is one of the most profitable and prevalent industries in the world, dominating the media and grossing tens of billions of dollars in the United States alone. From a less numerical perspective, it serves as the basis for much of pop culture (e.g. Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, “brand culture”, fit-inspo pages), and it’s one of ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

Tech Sales vs. Tech Waste over the Years

Dhaatr Mavit '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nishna Aerabati, '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Sindhu Chalasani '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Our project is about the correlation between technology sales and waste produced by technology. We expect to see the waste produced differ between various companies and products. We will be able to make conclusions about the most environmentally friendly technology to use. Additionally, we plan to look at how companies source technology andmaterials and how the process of obtaining materials ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

The Effectiveness of Online Education and How It Can Be Improved

David Biruduganti '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Divya Brahmbhatt '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Lucas Brower '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

In our presentation, we will be discussing the impacts of online learning on students' lives. We will include various graphs and charts that clearly convey specific aspects of these impacts, and we will propose new methods that would be able to improve online learning. We will also talk about how to best undo the damage caused by remote education ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

The Impacts of Global Warming and Climate Change on Human Populations

Antonio Gasse '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Daniel Shafiabady '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Vignesh Tiruvannamalai '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

This project involves gathering information from United States national data sources to gain a deeper understanding of changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather data. The goal of the project is to organize the information into a manner which demonstrates the more obscure impacts of global warming and climate change on the United States, beyond just the atmospheric temperature ... Read More

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

10:20 AM

Clean water access in different areas in the world

Manya Davis '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Madhav Hota '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Madison McTaggart '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Large quantities of water are used worldwide, but some places have more access to clean water than others. Whether or not a particular region has access to clean water affects the people there quite greatly. This study looks into the availability of clean water to different regions around the world, as well as how this access or lack thereof ... Read More

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

Deforestation

Desi Harris '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Faelyn Rakow '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Mars Wylie '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

In our SLX project, our group will be exploring the effects of deforestation on local ecosystems and the human cost this carries. The use of wood to our species is hard to overestimate, with much of our current housing, fuel, and decorative needs fulfilled by the species. However, human overreliance on wood has had devastating effects on both the ... Read More

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

For the Protection of Sea Life

Ian Gore '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Blaise Jones '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
AJ Morales, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

The main question we will be addressing is how oil spills affect fish populations, and how different fish species are affected differently. Along with the harmful effects this could have on migration and the surrounding ecosystems. The data shows the correlations between fish populations to the amount of time after the oil spill. Even taking into account the differences ... Read More

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

How growth the mindset affects students

Shivan Chirumamilla '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Buddy Hicks- Gomez '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Kavya Reddy '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Our SLX project discusses the benefits of the Growth Mindset and how it affects students. The Growth Mindset is the belief that our most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Many students nowadays have fixed mindsets ( the idea that some people are born with natural intelligence, and others can’t learn to be as intelligent ) ... Read More

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

Latinx students in STEM

Alejandra Aguilar Ortiz '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Yanel Gonzalez '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Angel Lopez '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

There is no doubt that Latinx students are underrepresented here at IMSA. Our goal of this project is to show that there needs to be more support for Latinx students here at IMSA. A lot of us come from low economic backgrounds, our past education is different therefore making our IMSA experience and education different. We will be looking at ... Read More

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM

10:45 AM

Asian Hate Crimes in America

Sreevardhan Atyam '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Vikram Rao '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Raphael Talusan '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

We are aligned with UNSDG #16, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. We are analyzing where Asian hate crimes increased the most in America after Covid-19, how the numbers of hate crimes differ from the outbreak of Covid-19, and options as to how America and its people can make a change. We are trying to answer why they increased in ... Read More

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Drug Use at IMSA

Natasha Inocencio, '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Sriya Mudumba '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Anahi Moreno '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Abstract: Throughout the early twenty-first century, there has been an increase in substance abuse in America. According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, drug use went up by 61% among 8th graders between 2016 and 2020, 62% of teenagers in 12th grade have abused alcohol, and 50% of teenagers have misused a drug at least once. As ... Read More

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Environmental Racism in Chicago.

Natalia Morales '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Eliana Nungaray '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Stephen Walsh '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Although climate change impacts everyone on Earth, it can disproportionately impact people of color, especially those living in lower socioeconomic status communities. Our aim for our project will be to bring awareness surrounding environmental racism in the Chicagoland area. Environmental racism is the disproportional impact of environmental hazards on communities of color and racial discrimination in environmental policy making. The ... Read More

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Geography vs. Education

Rohun Baksh '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Steven Espinoza '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nathaniel Huang '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

For our SLX project, we plan to create a website based on a journal or news article with general information and an explanation of the trends of the effect of geography vs. levels of education. We will focus on the impact of geography on the group of education people have [we will base it on the relationship between geography ... Read More

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Influence of Tests on Stress Mods at IMSA

David Dickson '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Luke Mauk '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Jayden Willis '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

The importance of mental health in the school setting has grown at an alarming rate in recent years. School legislators hope that by implementing new initiatives to consider a student's mental well-being, they will alleviate some of the burden placed on students and place an emphasis on mental health. Last year, it was mandated in Illinois that students be allowed ... Read More

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

11:10 AM

How to Turn Your ENVIRONMENT From Zero to Hero

Williiam Hellrung '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Jazmyn Johnson '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Claire O’Brien-Dull '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

According to NOAA's 2020 Annual Climate Report, the rate at which the temperature has increased every year since 1981 is more than double the average rate since 1880. This is concerning for many reasons, including the fact that we would not like to be a globe on fire anytime soon. As the average global temperature increases at a faster ... Read More

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM