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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

Farmingdale residents are being urged to use caution when answering the doorbell due to ongoing concerns of imposters posing as utility workers. On Aug. 19, officials with the South Farmingdale Water District—covering the Farmingdale, Bethpage, Seaford, North Massapequa and Massapequa Park communities—sent out an advisory warning customers not to let anyone into their homes claiming to be a water district employee without first showing photo identification. The advisory was sent as a safety precaution, instructing residents to immediately contact the police if they are suspicious of anyone identifying his or herself as a “water district” employee.

According to the South Farmingdale Water District Commissioners, it is rare for any water district employees to show up at a home or business unannounced in order to read a water meter or confirm a leak, as most, if not all, residential visits are done by appointment.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that 258 campus police officers at 12 SUNY schools—including SUNY Farmingdale State College—are being armed with naloxone, an extremely effective heroin antidote that can instantly undo the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose.

The antidote, more commonly known as Narcan, will be provided as part of Schneiderman’s Community Overdose Prevention Program, which uses funds seized from drug dealers and other criminals to reimburse local police departments for the cost of naloxone kits.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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