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GAMS Tech Students Take a Spin at 3D Printing

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Students in Michelle Biancardo’s Tech 8 Arduino class at Grand Avenue Middle School digitally designed fidget spinners prior to 3D printing them.

“Tinkercad is a computer-aided design (CAD) program enabling students todesign, modify, and print 3D objects, experiment with circuits, or learn to code using blocks,” explained Biancardo.

While student Jeremy Dang devised a base for students to model, others became creative with designs like cats, flowers, hexagons and more.

On Nov. 22, students worked on printing last minute touches and assembly of their spinners.

“Constraintsincluded the diameter of the ball bearing and other technical skills to shape and align the spinner parts,” she added.

The results were a spinning success.

Date Added: 11/30/2022

Kennedy eSports Receives Gaming PCs Through Grant

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After being one of 25 schools nationwide out of 4,000 applicants awarded a grant, the Kennedy High School Esports Team worked with representatives from AMD Processors and Generation eSports to build six high-end gaming computers on Nov. 16.

Generation Esports runs the High School Esports League, the online league that Kennedy and other district eSports clubs play League of Legends, Rocket League, Valorant, and other games in.Esports, or competitive online video games, are a fast-growing industry, with college scholarships and corporate sponsorships for top players with the potential to play in professional leagues.

“Years from now, being on your school's Rocket League or Valorant team will be considered as legit as being on the lacrosse or football team. This grant is a major step forward for making Esports a major part of JFK student life,” said Math Chairperson David Prince.

Prince procured the grant and participated in an online interview during the final round, along with student team captain Richie Ippoliti.

“Leadership is about accountability and getting everyone on the same page,” he said. “It makes you feel better about yourself once you’ve done that,” Ippoliti said during the build.

The equipment is worth approximately $30,000 will be used in gaming competition by the nearly 50 students in the club. The club is advised by James Alford.

Local hot 97 DJ and online influencer, Hip Hop Gamer Gerard Williams, also popped in to engage with students. He works with AMD Processors as a brand ambassador.

“I’m loving the energy in here,” he said as he greeted each student. “You all are doing amazing things here.

Date Added: 11/21/2022

VIDEO: Mepham Hosts ‘Stairway Climb’ in Memory of 9/11

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Mepham High School hosted a stairway climb on Nov. 10 in honor and remembrance of lives lost and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.

For a participation fee of $10, students and staff members climbed the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs up and down the three-story school. Both the varsity football and kickline teams participated. MephaCapella performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the climb. Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting covered the event.

“Today, we will climb the stairs of Mepham High School, as unified Pirates to pay tribute to the 2,997 victims of the Sept. 11th attacks,” explained social studies teacher and event co-organizer Kerry Dennis to the crowd of more than 150 students who participated.

The $1,700 raised will go to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which helps families of fallen first responders.

“On Sept. 11, 2001, Stephen Siller, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center,” Dennis explained. “Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife, Sally, and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 pounds of gear to his back and raced on foot through the tunnel to the World Trade Center, where he gave up his life while saving others. The tower climb also pays tribute to Captain William F. Burke Jr.”

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created by Stephen Siller’s brother. Social studies teacher Chris Patten also helped organize the event and played the bagpipes outside as motivation for stairway climb participants. The North Bellmore Fire Department created a gigantic American flag arch for the students to walk under as they completed the climb.

Date Added: 11/14/2022

Grand Avenue Turkey Trot Benefits Families in Need 

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This year, Grand Avenue partnered with the North Bellmore Elementary School District to serve the Bellmore-Merrick community to help children in need during the holidays.  

The charitable focus of this year's Turkey Trot on Nov. 21 was to provide new and unused winter hats, gloves, and scarves to the Lions' Club Polar Express. 

“Despite the chilly weather, the kind-hearted compassion and generosity of Grand Avenue's students warmed the event,” explained Spanish teacher/athletic director and event organizer Benjamin Fisher. “Over 250 Grand Avenue student participants walked, jogged, trotted, wobbled, and danced their way through the event.” 

More than 100 individual items were donated by students to be provided to the Polar Express. 

Date Added: 11/23/2022

District Packages Thanksgiving Baskets for Community Cupboard Distribution

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Sixty student volunteers from across the district packaged Thanksgiving baskets for 125 families who utilize the Dr. Mara Bolletieri Community Cupboard.

Each school was assigned items to bring in for donating.

The Mepham LEO Club also baked pies for the baskets. The Student Government at Kennedy collected $5,000 in donations and shopped for the food drive as well. Calhoun hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for community members on Nov. 18.

Date Added: 11/21/2022

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