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Posted Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 2:48:00 PM
The CIJE-Tech Hackathon was an enlightening experience that gave students approximately five hours to create a revolutionary project out of a few soda boxes, an Arduino, and other miscellaneous materials. When all 17 schools arrived at YU, we heard from multiple speakers about how people support the environment. A plethora of different topics arose from the wasting of food and water to the rising global concern of climate change. After the speeches, the brainstorming commenced. Ramaz was separated into two teams, comprised of three freshman and seven sophomores. The requirement for the presentation was to produce a model, which demonstrates how the project works, a code for the Arduino-based invention, and a functional website that can control the project from an electronic device....
Posted Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 5:36:00 PM
In case you missed Coffee Talk focusing on how science is taught at Ramaz incorporating engineering, math, art, and technology presented by Yi Li and Josh Rothman, our K-4 science teachers, along with Andy Greenspan, our technology teacher, you can watch...
Posted Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 4:12:00 PM
In the spirit of celebrating Chanukah, this week 3rd and 4th graders built dreidels in STEAM class. Students were encouraged to choose from different recycled materials to design and construct their dreidels, including toilet paper rolls, CDs, skewers, straws, clay, cardboard, etc. After they finished building, students also used markers, neon-paint pens, button batteries, and LED lights to decorate their dreidels. Learning happens when students encounter, ponder, and solve problems like "How do I find the center of a circle or a rectangle?" "How can I secure the rod to the CD?" "How can I put the button battery and LED light together to light it up?" "Can I add a switch to the circuit?" And "Why does the neon paint glow under the black light?" Students cannot wait to bring their dreidels home to celebrate Chanukah with their families. STEAM brings the game of dreidel to a whole new level.
Posted Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 3:45:00 PM
This week, December 9-13, Ramaz is joining other schools across the world for Computer Science Education Week. Around the world, this event is known as the Hour of Code. Through a website www.code.org/learn, millions of students will be participating in tutorials, learning new apps and programs, which teach all different levels of coding and coding concepts. Our 2nd – 4th graders will get to choose which programs they want to try, tinker, and explore using iPads and Chromebooks. We can't wait to see what they come up with and hope this will inspire them to expand their computer science knowledge. We encourage students of all ages to check the link above and see what amazing things you can create and discover.
Posted Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 7:18:00 AM
​Seventh grade STEAM recently wrapped up their simple-circuit unit with a plush-toy project. Students learned sewing skills to create circuits using conductive thread! The 8th grade STEAM elective continued their advanced 3D design unit...
Posted Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 10:48:00 AM
In the past few weeks, fourth graders have been learning about different forms of mechanical energy including elastic energy, gravitational/potential energy, and kinetic energy. To begin, students simulated the movement and energy transfer of a skateboarder on a variety of tracks using iPads. Next, inspired by the skateboarding simulation, they designed their marble runs on both the simulator and on paper...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 2:39:00 PM
The 6th grade concluded their study of the design thinking process with a special guest speaker. Mr. Al Olsen, a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at NYU, is also a member of the NYU CREATE Lab. Mr. Olsen and the researchers at CREATE design brain training video games for adolescents. Many of their games are designed to target specific executive functions that have been shown to improve academic performance in middle and high school students (e.g., inhibition and shifting)...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 4:18:00 PM
During this week's advisory, 7th grade girls were treated to a presentation from CitiFinTech - a division of Citibank. Ms. Rosie Singh, Ms. Sumana Ramakrishnan, and Ms. Laura Graziano, who all work in tech at Citibank, spoke with our students about pursuing careers in technology. Our students learned that fields like art, design, and communication are a big part of technology careers as well as the importance of collaboration. The women shared their stories and students learned how they built their careers in financial tech and about the myriad career paths available within the technology sector. Because of the lack of women in tech, the presenters are devoted to encouraging younger women to explore this lucrative and multi-faceted career path.
Posted Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 2:55:00 PM
This past Sunday, five seniors accompanied by Ms. Brachot, Dr. Rotenberg, and Ms. Dashiff, attended a symposium on Brain Research by the Ben-Gurion Univeristy of the Negev. At the Intercontinental in Times Square, students heard from the president of the University, and three professors. Each one lectured on their topic of research and conveyed their results as well as the importance of their research for the future of medicine....
Posted Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 9:23:00 PM
The 6th grade began their study of the engineering design process. This past week they participated in the Marshmallow Design Challenge. Students were tasked with building the highest tower possible to support one marshmallow in 18 minutes! Their design packets included 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, one marshmallow, one yard of string, and one yard of tape.
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