Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rivertowns news:

http://rivertowns.dailyvoice.com/schools/ardsley-students-win-spot-national-lego-competition

The Ardsley LEGO team Photo Credit: Contributed
RIVERTOWNS, N.Y. -- Five students from the Ardsley School District will compete in the invitation only First LEGO League (FLL) North American Open Championship in May in San Diego, California
The Ardsley team comprises ninth-graders Kruti Sutaria and Laina Patel, eighth-grader Jainil Sutaria, and sixth-graders, Neha Goel, and Isha Brahmbhatt. The team earned a spot at the nationals after competing in a regional competition last month, placing second in the overall and winning first place trophies in two out of the four categories.
Introducing students to real-world engineering challenges, this year’s FLL competition was called the Nature’s Fury Challenge. Students were asked to explore awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and other natural disasters and create an innovative solution that would help communities affected prepare, stay safe or rebuild.
The students were judged in three areas: robot design and performance, identification of a real world problem, creation of innovative solution and sharing their research; core values associated with working and collaborating as a team.
“We looked into many different problems and finally settled on earthquakes and how to help communities be better prepared for such an event,” said Kruti Sutaria. “We thought that if we could better predict when and where earthquakes would occur, communities could take action sooner and be safer.”
The team worked very independently and met almost every Friday night for three hours. “Every meeting, the time seemed to go so fast because it was just fun – working as a team and motivating each other – it’s the core values,“ said Kruti.
The team was supported by their parents and school community. The team sought the help of Rajat Goel, Neha’s father, who was the team’s coach, and the guidance of two Ardsley teachers. David Chason, science curriculum leader in Ardsley High School, guided the students on how piezoelectric sensors could be used along the geologic faults to predict future earthquakes.
The Ardsley team, which achieved the highest Robot Performance score ever in the Hudson Valley, will compete against 76 other teams from throughout the country.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More earthquakes:

4.1 magnitude quake strikes in South Carolina

By Greg Botelho, CNN
updated 2:05 AM EST, Sat February 15, 2014

(CNN) -- A 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck Friday night in west-central South Carolina, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The quake was the strongest to hit South Carolina since 2002, local emergency management officials said.
The quake was centered 7 miles (12 kilometers) west-northwest of Edgefield, which is about 25 miles north of Augusta, Georgia, and 60 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina. The town of Edgefield has some 4,750 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The USGS estimates the quake's depth was about 3 miles (4.6 kilometers).
The same federal agency initially estimated a 4.4 magnitude quake.
An emergency dispatcher in Edgefield said there were no reports of damage or injuries tied to the tremor. Columbia County, Georgia, and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division also reported no damage or injuries.
Still, the quake was big enough to be felt as far away as metropolitan Atlanta some 160 miles west.
The shaking stirred up a lot of instant reactions online in an area recently battered by a powerful winter storm.
But unlike the snow and ice that just fell, the tenor of the tremor banter appeared to be light.
"Earthquake ... don't even think about canceling school," one tweeter from South Carolina wrote. "My KIDS are going to school next week if they have to sit in parking lot."
Another Palmetto State resident was incredulous about the roller coaster Mother Nature has been on lately: "So, South Carolina has had 70° weather, snow, and now an earthquake all in one week..."
As many as 20 quakes a year
Though it may seem rare, South Carolina does experience a number of earthquakes, officials said. But most of them are minor.
Friday's quake was actually the 13th earthquake in South Carolina in the past 12 months, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said. The state usually experiences 15 to 20 earthquakes a year, the agency said.
In November, 2002, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit near Charleston.
Friday's quake is the strongest one since that quake, the agency said.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Presentation at Town of Greenburgh:

Special thanks to Mr. Feiner, and the Greenburgh town board for giving us this special opportunity to present our innovative solution

You can watch us at 4:04 minutes into the video (on the second part of the video after the pledge)


Wednesday, February 5, 2014