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3rd Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitational


Winners of the 3rd Annual Half Hollow Hills Invitiational which took place November 15, 2014, were Malverne High School's "Mechanical Mules," Patchogue-Medford's "Raiders" and Huntington High School's "Huntington Robotics."  They were among 22 local teams who competed with the robots they designed and built for the 2014 Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.


NYU Polytechnic Astronaut Alums Pay a Visit

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Three NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering grads, Lee Morin, Paolo Nespoli and Charles Camarda, who all flew on different shuttle missions, paid a visit to the their alma mater to discuss their experiences and the future of space travel.  Among those who attended were students currently competing to build a digging robot for NASA.

Find out more about the visit at Poly's website.

Garden City Goes Full STEAM Ahead

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During the 2014 - 2015 school year Garden City Public Schools will be exploring innovative ways to incorporate Arts into its current STEM curriculum.  The district is taking a multi-prong approach: evaluating its current offerings of STEM classes, scholarships awarded to AP Art students, awards and other recognition students have received, reaching out to other districts to learn what is proving successful for them and tapping into area resources such as the Cradle of Aviation Museum and museums in New York City.

For additional details, read the Garden City News article.

AMNH Awards Degrees to Science Teachers

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The American Museum of Natural History recently graduated its second class of advanced degrees to science teachers who have committed to teaching in city schools.

The 15 month program receives funding from an endowment and a $3.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  The museum is proud to be the only one in the nation to offer doctoral and master's degree programs, while tapping into their staff of educators and scientists as well as their labs and 30+ million specimen collection.

Read the full article at the AMNH's website.

Eight LI Finalists in Siemens Contest

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The 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology named eight Long Island Students as Regional Finalists:

Russell Charnoff and Justin Lish from Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns of Rockaway

Arthur Chen and Lee Blackburn from Lawrence High School

Jay Zussman from Great Neck South High School

Niyati Desai from Ward Melville High School

Katie Mazalkova from Valley Stream Central High School

The students are among 97 finalists nationwide who will be traveling to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Nov. 21-22 with hopes of advancing to the National finals to be held Dec. 5-9 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the competition and finalists at the Siemens Foundation website.