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Students Design Martian Lander

For the third consecutive year, students at Farmingdale High School willcompete in the Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge, this April, in the hopes of taking the first place prize a third time. 

 

“I definitely think we have a chance” said Peter Callahan, a sophomore. 

 

Each year, Northrop Grumman organizes the annual competition to increase awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, and encourage students to seek careers within STEM fields. Teams of up to ten high school students are then asked to come up with an engineering solution to a problem provided by Northrop Grumman. Grumman’s vision for the competition is to “foster the next generation of engineers and scientists by giving them exposure to the world of science, technology, engineering and math and the tools for them to learn and grow.”

 

This year’s topic, entitled Mars Race, had to do with renewable resources; essentially asking students to create a robot capable of operating with as many resources as are available on Mars.

 

In previous years, competition themes included building RC airplanes, launcher systems, airships and deployables.

 

“[The students’]simplified designs really help us engineers get back to the basics,” said Grumman mentor Justin Lee.

 

Besides building a functioning and efficient robot, teams must also do research for the challenge by writing a few paragraphs on the importance of the challenge and how it can be applied to real life. They must also be able to plan and implement a budget with the funding provided by Grumman. Teams are graded on a number of basic components, including: the overall design process, design, presentation organization, and work division/team effort. 

 

“I think it’s a really good competition for the students” said Farmingdale teacher Robert Clark. “It introduces them to careers in engineering and teaches them about the actual engineering process.”

 

Farmingdale’s team is eight members strong, and consists of: Team Leader Katherine Vera, Programmer Arpit Manaktala, Schedule Manager Scott Hilbrandt, Financial Manager Steven Hamlin, Strategist Mitchell Grossman, Researcher Anthony Cardillo, CAD Expert Peter Callahan, and Builder Summer Baranello. The students will also receive assistance from Farmingdale teachers Robert Clark and Lynne Brewer, as well as, Justin Lee and Charles Connors, mentors provided by Northrop Grumman. 

 

For Vera, a senior at Farmingdale High School, the challenge is “something you just got to keep coming back to.” 

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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