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Posted 12/17/2013 04:32PM
Book early for the only LI location open to all.

Exciting News for Summer 2014 at Green Vale

STEM Camp For Students Entering Grades 5 through 8 in September 2014

The Green Vale School is pleased to announce that enrollment for the 2014 i2 CAMP, is now open.  The camp will run a full day (9am to 4pm) for two weeks, July 7-11 and July 14-18.

Topics include Robotics, Ecological Systems, Sound, Music & Motion and Rocketry.

To visit the enrollment section of the i2 website click here. The Green Vale camp location is the only one on Long Island open to all -- so reserve your spot early! (Other locations in the NY metropolitan area include Chapin in NY, Hackley in Westchester and Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT.)  

For questions, please feel free to call 917-886-1669.

Mission of i2 Camp

The program at i2 Camp has been developed with the goal of engaging middle school children in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Partnering with some of the world’s leading STEM organizations, the camp broadens a child’s exposure to STEM with a wide variety of new, innovative courses not seen in traditional middle school education. The fun and intimate, hands-on activities of the courses strive to excite and inspire campers about STEM, creating enthusiasm that will hopefully spill over to their schoolwork and school choices in future years.

We want to invent & inspire, imagine & innovate, investigate & inquire, and initiate & improvise.

And we want to smile, laugh and have fun!







Posted 12/11/2013 04:41PM

GVS Rocket Club Members Who Competed at TARC Make the Pages of National Magazine

Green Vale School students who competed nationally last May at the Team America Rocketry Challenge made the pages of a national magazine, Sport Rocketry, this fall.  See the inside front cover (table of contents) and page 28 for a peak at the action, and note the boys in gold tee shirts! 

Sport Rocketry Magazine is the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.  Click here for the September/October 2013 issue PDF.

Posted 12/11/2013 02:36PM

Building Water Towers That Will Bear Weight

Photos from today>>

Second grade students in Rick Geismar's science class got much closer to perfection today with their water tower project. Initially, they just wanted to build towers as tall as possible. After researching the engineering designs of real-life water towers they modified their own plans and built towers, of plastic straws, that can bear much more weight than the structure itself. 

Kudos and happy building!



Posted 05/28/2013 10:18PM

Celebrating Science Evening at Green Vale

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Brookhaven National Labs recently spent time with fifth grade students as part of our STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) initiative. The students constructed, tested and assessed bridges after learning about concepts such as equilibrium, load, tension and stress.

Believing it is important for our students to showcase their work and continue their conversation about scientific methods, the Science Department sponsored a Celebrating Science Evening on Tuesday, May 28 in the Blue Gold Center.

Fifth grade students displayed the bridges that they constructed in class. Sixth grade students displayed their science projects from last week and a few seventh grade students displayed the products of their independent research.

Thanks to all who participated!

Posted 05/21/2013 08:51AM

Rocket Scientists Foiled by Fractured Egg!

UPDATE: Anton's team took first place for Middle School Engineering at the First Annual Nassau County STEM Competition held on May 18 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum!


May 11, 2013

Seventh grade students from The Green Vale School in Old Brookville were the youngest rocket scientists competing nationally on May 11 for the first place prize of $10,000 and a team trip to the Paris Air Show in June.  They were the only team from Long Island qualified to compete at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) held in Virginia, and one of only two teams from the State of New York.  Just being there was a huge accomplishment, but their goal was to win that trip to Paris.

The way to win in 2013 was to build a rocket weighing less than 650 grams that could fly exactly 750 feet into the air and back with a 15-inch parachute, within 48 to 50 seconds.  Any deviation in height or time adds points to a team's score.  After the first round of competition, the boys’ score was 5.92, putting them in third place out of 100 teams.  After the second round, for the top 24 rockets, their total score was 8.92 which put them in first place.  Their rocket flew as close to a perfect score of zero as any rocket ever flown in the 11-year history of TARC, and the high school team from Texas that landed in first place did so with a score of 29.24.

The hitch for Green Vale’s team, captained by Anton, was that their rocket's payload of a single raw egg suffered a hairline fracture during their second flight, disqualifying their second score.   "Broken egg; broken hearts," was all that Peter Zaloom, science teacher and rocket club mentor, could say of the results as he explained what happened. “The boys did the most impressive job of building and fine-tuning their rocket so that it would hit the mark and I am so very proud of them now, and I look forward to watching them compete again next year.” 

This is the third year in a row that the Green Vale School Rocket Club has qualified to compete nationally at TARC.  Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry and more than 24 industry partners, TARC saw record turnout in 2013 with 725 teams from 44 states participating. 

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