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Senior Projects: Eli Newman and Christopher Dahl

Happy Wednesday! Today we have two more Senior Projects to showcase.


Eli Newman: Building A Rock Climbing Workout

 

I have been rock climbing since my freshman year of highschool. It quickly grew to become one of my favorite sports, and just activities in general. I found myself searching for workouts online to help me get stronger so I could climb better. However, everyone on the internet has a different idea of how to get stronger, and I didn’t know who to believe. So, for my project, I wrote a paper researching what happens physiologically while a person is climbing, and tried to determine what the main muscles and movements involved in the sport are. From there, I created a workout aimed at targeting specific muscle groups that are essential in climbing: the deltoids, lats, forearms, and core, to name a few.

Watch Eli’s project here.


Christopher Dahl: RuBisCO: The First Enzyme

 

My project was to make an educational video about RuBisCO, the first enzyme on Earth. RubisCO is the only enzyme that can turn inorganic carbon into organic carbon, making it usable to make carbon structures for living beings. I needed to research RuBisCO in its entirety, from its basic functions to its modern day applications in genetic modifications, I went through research paper’s articles to gain most of my information and used explanations from websites to try make it more understandable.

I chose this because I find it so interesting that this single inefficient enzyme is crucial to every single one of our biological functions. I learned about RuBisCO in much more detail than I previously had and how it could be improved with genetic modification for crop yields. My project probably will not help the community as much as other people’s, although I do hope that they were able to learn from my project and the significance of a single enzyme on their daily lives.

Watch Christopher’s project here.


Thank you Eli and Christopher for sharing your research into these interesting areas!

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