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Engineering Club Puts Ideas In Flight

This semester, fifth and sixth grade students in Rushmore Avenue School’s Engineering Club in the Carle Place School District have been taking an in-depth look at astronomy and aerospace engineering. Under the direction of club adviser and sixth grade teacher Jim Cunningham, the students have been studying and developing miniature parachutes. 

 

“I was excited to see if my design would work — if I could actually get my parachute to fly,” said sixth grader Max Buck, who used a paper airplane as the foundation of his design. 

 

Prior to constructing their parachutes, the club read Paulo’s Parachute Mission: An Aerospace Engineering Story, which tells the story of Paulo and his rocket scientist parents. In the book, Paulo teams up with a new neighbor to design a parachute to help them drop fruit from trees in the forest. Conversations about the book sparked discussion about scientific concepts such as drag, lift and force.

 

“This experience encouraged students to think about a problem, come up with a solution, test that solution, re-evaluate it, and then go back to rethink and redesign their work,” said Cunningham. “That’s what engineering is about — taking science and putting it to work.”

 

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


Calendar

Los Lobos - March 5

Coffee House - March 8

Meet the Mayor - March 8


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