Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
Students in the Island Trees High School Robotic Club have just won a $5,000 grand prize in the Incredible Bionic Man Challenge, beating robotics teams from around the country.
The Incredible Bionic Man Challenge—sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel and Cablevision—was part of a STEM initiative to create a bionic body part out of common household items. Rising to the challenge, the Island Trees team submitted a two minute video showcasing their efforts to design, build and demonstrate a robotic arm-hand combination, which vaulted them into a finalist position.
Selected as one of four teams to compete in the finals, the Island Trees students squared off against students from Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, N.J., Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore, Md., and Montgomery Blair High School in Montgomery Md.
On Dec. 12, Captain Marc Lubniewski and the entire team including Matt Bacotti, Rob McCoy, Ben Wiener, and Chris Schmidt attended the final judging and award ceremonies at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. At the ceremony, which was simulcast in 27 county Cablevision service areas, the students were treated to a visit from The Incredible Bionic Man, fresh off his two month stay at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
To watch the winning video from the Island Trees Robotic Club, visit www.incrediblebionicmanchallenge.com.
— Submitted By Island Trees School District
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.