Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Brick Heads Team #3181, an extracurricular robotics program of the Floral Park Bellerose School District, was honored by Mayor Thomas Tweedy and the Board of Trustees at the village meeting on June 17. The team of 10 students in grades 5 through 8 competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition.
The 2013-14 season was a remarkable one for the Brick Heads. They competed against 110 teams from throughout Long Island. On March 2, they brought home three trophies from the Long Island FLL Championship Tournament. The team’s awards included Robot Performance, Judges Award and, in collaboration with Carle Place Middle School, the Alliance Award.
The team also took home first place (robot performance) and second place (gracious professionalism) trophies at the Long Island FLL Practice Tournament and first place (robot performance) and second place overall champion at the FLL Long Island Sunday Qualifier. All three tournaments were sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
The team was selected to represent Long Island at the Canadian First Lego League (FFL) International Open in Toronto, Ontario. The tournament sponsored jointly by FIRST Robotics Canada and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, brought together 72 of the top FLL teams, representing 21 countries, from throughout the world.
In Toronto, the team received a second place trophy for Project Research. The award recognizes a team that utilizes diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified. The students’ robot achieved a score of 501 and placed 14th in the robot game.
FIRST is a non-profit organization, founded by Dean Kamen, Segway inventor, to encourage youth to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). There are over 20,000 FLL teams worldwide in over 70 different countries.
— Submitted by the Floral Park-Bellerose School
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.
Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.