Congratulations to our Maker Faire Students!

Congratulations to all of our students who were showcased in the SOCSD School Maker Faire on March 7th. The Maker Faire is an opportunity for students to share the great work they are engaged in with the community. 

Congratulations, Science Olympiad Students!

TZHS Science Olympiad Team Excels at Yale Invitational

Congratulations to Tappan Zee’s brilliant Science Olympiad team for a successful weekend at the 6th annual Yale Invitational. The team placed in the top 10 for 8 of the events over the course the tournament.

In the photo and video above, Science Olympiads Séan Berry and Daniel George demonstrate their mouse trap, which they also brought to the tournament.

Follow the Science Olympiad team on instagram at @tzhs_sci_oly for more info and updates!

Google Classroom

Professional Development Session: Tuesday, January 8th

We will be hosting a professional development session on Google Classroom, a tool for teachers to share classroom materials, assignments and more with students. Click on the link below to get started with Google Classroom. This information, and other Google for Education materials, can always be found on our Teacher Resources page.

Getting Started with E-Textiles

What a great start to an exciting project! We had so much fun working with the Advanced Sculpture class to practice sewing circuits in preparation for their light-up Mardi Gras masks.

Materials for today’s lesson included: conductive thread and sewing needles; coincell battery holders and batteries; Lilypad LEDs; and fabric.

Students got to see first-hand how electric currents flow by connecting the positive sides of a voltage source and a diode, and the negative sides.

Eyes in the Sky: Drones Give Law Enforcement a Closer Look

Rockland County Sheriff presents educational drone demonstration to SOMS students

Last week, SOMS Challenge Lab students learned how local law enforcement can use drones to keep communities safe, and then saw a drone in action, following its camera vision on a screen as it traveled. The students, who have been programming parrot drones in class, were so excited to see this demonstration firsthand. Thank you to the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office for this demonstration and to and Andrew McIntosh for inviting us to be a part of this very cool experience

Detective Doug Lerner of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office gives a presentation to students on how drones are used by law enforcement to ensure the safety of communities.

Detective Lerner gives students a close-up view of the drone, detailing important features and functions, before taking flight.

Students gather around a screen to follow the drone’s camera vision as it travels. With the drone’s vision, we were able to see a glimpse of the New York City skyline!

What’s In Your Toolbox?

Students create helpful tool guide for our makerspace.

A big thank you to Kayla Ng, Amy Kugelman and Dan Kayas for designing the official tool guide for our makerspace. Poster is on display in our room as a student resource. Come by and check it out!

STEM Research + Competition Opportunities

Did you know that there are countless opportunities for high school students to submit research and other STEM projects to compete with other students worldwide? Click on the links below to learn more about each opportunity.

Google Science Fair
Deadline: December 12th, 2018

ExploraVision
Deadline: February 8th, 2019

Tri-County Science and Technology Fair
Deadline: April 27th, 2019

Microsoft Imagine Cup
Deadline: May 31st, 2019

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