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Posted Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 3:41:00 PM
Last week, five students -- Sydney E. '22, Jonathan S. '21, Finley H. '22, Levi L. '21, and Sally N. '22, -- supervised by Dr. Nironi, went to Yeshiva University to compete in the first ever CIJE-Tech (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education) Hackathon...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:32:00 PM
In science, second graders have been working diligently on building model race cars in order to experience Newton's Laws of Motion. During the process, the students surpassed several design challenges. They had to keep the wheels (recycled bottle caps) on the cars, using clay and wooden sticks. This proved to be the source of many revisions and test trials as the children worked in teams. A balloon would propel the cars forward. Working together to attach the balloon with straws, as well as to agree on the best angle of the straws to propel the car forward, proved to be more challenging than the children had originally predicted. For this activity, the students succeeded at designing, creating, and revising- all parts of the design process - their race car prototypes.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:28:00 AM
NYS Assemblyman Dan Court and members from Teach NYS visited the Upper School to see the STEM program. They visited two junior TEC classes, a ninth grade biology class, and a tenth grade math class. They met with members of the administration and members of the RamTEC faculty to discuss the new TEC department in the school. Lastly, they visited a science lab where they saw presentations given by the three captains of the engineering club: Daniella F. '20, Josephine S. '20, and David A. '19. They were accompanied by former charter trustee and co-chair of Teach NYS, Neil Cohen, and current Ramaz treasurer Jimmy Haber.
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:39:00 AM
Upper School students have been analyzing data from CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, as part of a high-energy physics experiment. Students have been looking for so-called "di-muon" events, in which particles called di-muons are produced in proton-proton collisions. The experiment is designed to study and support the Standard Model, which is a theory that tells us what particles the world is made of on the sub-atomic level. Ramaz is one of the few dozen schools around the world participating in this data analysis.
Posted Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 11:37:35 AM
The US Women in STEM club hosted two speakers, Dr. Sarah Schlesinger Hirschfeld and Ms. Sarah Malamut '13. Dr. Schlesinger described how she decided to pursue a career in science, obtain an MD, work in research and how she now heads the clinical investigations at Rockefeller University....
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 1:58:00 PM
Students in the 3rd grade used color tiles and worked in partnerships to explore equal groups. They recorded findings by drawing models and writing number sentences. Later, students shared various ways in which 36 "crackers" could be shared in equal groups. Through this activity, they were able to make connections to addition and subtraction, and uncover big ideas and relationships at the foundation of multiplication and division.
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 1:26:00 PM
Dr. Sarah Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Clinical Investigation and a Senior Attending Physician at Rockefeller University, and Ramaz LS parent, addressed the entire junior grade as part of their series of ethics talks. Dr. Hirschfeld chairs the Rockefeller University Institutional Review Board and the research education and training committee. She spoke to the students about a few specific cases and about public genetic testing.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:06:00 PM
On Monday, the Middle School students ended Chanukah by expressing themselves through technology and the arts! First, the Middle School band, led by Oded Lev-Ari, performed a captivating Chanukah medley. Later, the sixth grade computer club, run by Ms. Miri Rubi, showed off their 3D printed dreidels. They competed based on different characteristics such as design, length of speed, and spinning upside down. Congratulations to the winners of the 3D dreidel contest and to 6th grader Charles G. who won the school wide dreidel spinning contest!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:56:00 PM
The coding universe was once again taken by storm by the Hour of Code, a worldwide event where hundreds of millions of students around the world, dedicated themselves to trying new activities in Computer Science. As in years past, the Lower School participated in code.org's Computer Science Education Week. Students in grades 2-4, tried new coding games and puzzles designed by the biggest names in computer science education. Minecraft, Illumination, and Scratch, were some of the companies that designed new coding opportunities that are challenging and fun for our tech-savvy students. They each received a certificate, which marks their accomplishments. The portal is free and open to all. Parents looking for positive screen time activities can send their children of all ages to https://code.org/learn There are activities for all levels, from block coding, to learning Python, JavaScript, and more.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:53:00 PM
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math came alive this past week, as the entire LS took part in a wonderful collaboration of specialties in our Chanukah STEAM program. Each student had the opportunity to design his or her own wooden dreidels with unique markers and stickers. The students gathered in groups to enter the "Spin Zone" where they had the chance to test their dreidels on three different spinning surfaces. Afterward, they entered the "Black Light Spin Zone," where their dreidels came to life - shining in a variety of ways that could not be seen in regular light. Students had a chance to redesign their dreidels, based on what they observed in the Black Light Spin Zone and then come back to see them react again to the new environment.
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