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Welcome to our news section from the Science Department at The Green Vale School.

Posted 04/09/2015 03:28PM
TARC Nationals for the 5th consecutive year!

Rocket Club Team Qualifies to Compete at TARC Nationals for the Fifth Time!

Old Brookville, NY - April 6, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, a Green Vale School Rocket Club team has qualified to compete in the national finals of the Annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC).  Green Vale's club, mentored by science teacher Peter Zaloom, is home to the only Long Island team that will face off against 99 other top qualifying teams from across the United States - in the quest for a national champion title.

The 13th annual TARC finals will take place on May 9th just outside of Washington, DC. TARC is the U.S. aerospace and defense industry's flagship program designed to encourage students to pursue study and career paths in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year's qualifying challenge was to design, build and fly a raw egg-carrying rocket to reach 800 feet and return it to earth within 46 to 48 seconds -- with the egg (astronaut) uncracked. Students competing at Nationals must be able to fly their rockets to two seperate altitudes on their first and second flights - check out the full rules here.

TARC gives students opportunities to apply their math and science skills to a real world project outside of the classroom.  For many students, this experience yields their first significant personal realization of how classroom lessons are relevant to endeavors that are fun, challenging and represent future career opportunities. 

More than $60,000 in prizes and scholarships are at stake on May 9th and the first place team will represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge held at the Paris International Air Show in June. In years past, Green Vale's club has been one of very few "middle school" teams competing at Nationals and has finished within the top twenty almost every year. 

Congratulations and good luck to Frick, George and Justin! Mr. Zaloom is extremely proud of the entire club, not just this one team. He wrote, "I want to congratulate every member of Green Vale's Rocket Club for their enthusiasm and hard work throughout the year - you inspired and helped each other along the way. We can all be proud of our club and our school. I want to especially thank Dr. Meyer and Walter Gahagan '78 for their enthusiastic support of Green Vale's Rocket Club as our guides and mentors."

"I am so proud of everyone's efforts. Congratulations to all club members who so diligently participated. So much learning took place over the course of the year. Go Green Vale!" -- Stephen Watters, Headmaster

 

Frick, George and Justin display some current Rocket Club designs with Mr. Zaloom.

 

 

Posted 12/18/2014 02:01PM
For students in grades 6 and 7

Marine Science Workshops - January 9 & 23

For Students in Grades Six and Seven

12/15/2104

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We are very pleased and excited to invite you to participate in a marine science program that
will begin here at Green Vale on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 from 12:30 till 2:30. A second session is
planned in the same time slot for Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Our presenter, Brett Curlew, is an
experienced scientist, diver, explorer and educator who, through his affiliation with
Brookhaven National Labs, presented a superb four-day ROV program last spring for our
sixth graders.

Participants will be asked to bring a packaged lunch and to arrange for transportation home. A
fee of $50 will be required for students who attend either or both of those sessions. The first
session will include a lab activity in Oceanology in which students will determine physical
characteristics of different types of water such as density and salinity.

Another notice will be sent to describe an exciting marine science program we will offer
beginning in February and running until the Spring Break. Brett plans to do some field work
with participants when the weather gets warmer.

Green Vale is planning other programs and events that will serve as the core of a cutting-edge
Marine Science program. The Friday programs are just the beginning! So get involved, learn
and enjoy as we kick things off.

 

George Pasquale
Chair, Science Department

 

 

 

Posted 06/06/2014 01:41PM
Goldfish are back home, swimming free!

Science Lab Pond Re-Opened at Green

Old Brookville, NY - May 14, 2014

The science lab for Green Vale students in nursery through third grade features an outdoor pond that, after many years, needed to be rebuilt.  Once that was done it was time to bring home a large school of goldfish and set them free. On the morning of May 14, students in first and second grades helped with the release!

"Students use the outdoor pond to observe and document what they find (including microorganisms) and to measure and track water temperatures, ph levels and the number of vertebrates and invertebrates -- among other things," noted science teacher Rick Geismar.

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Posted 05/27/2014 12:38PM

Long Island Children's Museum Brings a Morning of Discovery to Green Vale

One of many introductions to science for nursery students at The Green Vale School in Old Brookville involved exploring colors, shapes, patterns and the beautiful results of bubble-making with a variety of household utensils and tools. The children also used their bubbles to make paper prints which created honeycomb patterns that they discovered were very similar to the patterns found in beehives.

Thank you, Long Island Children's Museum, for bringing your "Bubble Program" to us.

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Posted 05/27/2014 10:45AM

Celebration of Science by Students in Grades 5-8

The Second Annual Science Night at Green Vale, held on May 6, drew a great number of family members and friends to an impressive showcase of work done by students in grades five through eight. 

This celebration of science included a display of bridges that were designed and built by fifth grade students. The student-designed and constructed ROV's, which sixth grade students learned about under the instruction of a Brookhaven National Labs scientist, were tested in a pool outdoors. Seventh grade students displayed their environmental science projects and presented educational information about environmental issues. Our award-winning Rocket Team members and Rocket Reserves exhibited their creations and eighth grade students were on hand with a variety of math and science projects.

The Green Vale School Science Department would like to thank everyone for their support.

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