After reading Frankenstein, students in grade 10 English were tasked with conceiving an idealized form and bringing it to life in the makerspace. Sarah Land explains the project and how working in the makerspace helps support collaboration, problem solving, innovation, and creativity.
For the first time, Rye Country Day School will host the United States Invitational Young Physicists Tournament (USIYPT), an annual physics research and debate tournament for high school students. On January 26-27, thirteen teams from throughout the country and the world will compete for the title.
RCDS junior Miles Chun has taken advantage of the tools in the maker space to design and 3D-print a special memento featuring a mesmerizing intersection between the letters RCDS and the numbers 150.
During their field trip to Blind Brook Stream, third grade students collected sample matter from the water to search for macro-invertebrates.
Students from Coding for a Cause, an upper-level RCDS computer science course, are building an online application that will allow administrators at Caritas, a food bank in Port Chester, to easily track the number of meals served each day for planning and reporting purposes. The course connects RCDS coders with community organizations who partner to design and develop real-life applications that have a positive impact on others.
E. E. Ford Community Engagement Fellow, Nishan Shehadeh '19, was featured in Save the Sound's community newsletter. This summer Nishan collected samples of Long Island Sound water and analyzed them in the Save the Sound laboratory to measure human impact on, and the relative health of, the bays and harbors of Long Island Sound.
Using 3D printers to design their own beads, students designed and constructed their own abacus. The finished products were then used in the classroom to learn to count and perform mathematics in Mandarin.
RCDS sent two robotics teams to Jericho, N.Y., for the first VEX Robotics competition of the 2018-19 season. Twenty-eight teams from across New York and New Jersey competed, with the RCDS teams finishing the day-long competition in 2nd and 13th place!
A special thank you to Maria Figueiredo-Pereira, Ph.D., professor of Biology at Hunter College, for her lunch and learn presentation to students in AP Biology, Science Research as well as members of WISC/WISE. Professor Figueiredo-Pereira shared her research on neural degeneration and answered questions about her experience as a scientist and professor.
This week, the Computational Biology class, accompanied by teachers Jen Doran and Jason Leath, visited the NY Genome Center. The class had the opportunity to meet RCDS alumnus Michael C. Zody '86, Senior Director of Computational Biology for the Genome Center.
Students in all three divisions stayed late on a Friday afternoon to hear from Al Rizzi '82, Chief Scientist at Boston Dynamics, about the amazing robots he's developed.
RCDS was proud to host twenty five K-12 STEAM teachers from Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester counties in the Cohen Center makerspace last week for a STEAM TEACHER SOCIAL organized by The Mercy College Center for Stem Education.
The Journal of Cardiac Failure, a peer reviewed medical journal, recently published an article co-authored by James Chen '19. The article, "Pre-transplant Proteinuria is a Risk Factor for Worsening Renal Function in Heart Transplant Candidates," grew out of James's work in his Grade 11 Science Research class at RCDS, which he continued throughout the summer.
RCDS alumna Summer Kitahara '14 recently returned to campus to host a "Lunch & Learn" session for Upper School girls interested in hearing about Summer's path in computer science and her experience as a woman in a traditionally (but increasingly less so!) male dominated field.
The Upper School Women in Science Club, under the advisory of Charaun Wills, hosted 50 Lower School girls at the annual Lower School STEAM Fest. The event aims to provide young girls with the opportunity to explore, have fun, and engage with science.
Pre-K students visited the Rye Nature Center for an experiential learning opportunity! While there, they were able to see (and pet) some of the plants and animals they learned about in their classroom unit on pond ecosystems. Students explored the pond using nets to scoop up organisms that they could then touch, feel, and return to their habitat.
At the Annual Innovation Fair, students and teachers from all three division showcased and celebrated research and innovation.
This spring, several students from Engineering & Robotics and AP Biology participated in clinical tutorial seminars and robotic surgery workshops at White Plains Hospital.
Students in Grades 5 and 6 explore integrated computer science curriculum that allows them to problem-solve using technology like 3D printing and computer programming.
Students in grades 3 and 4 recently had the opportunity to present their integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) projects to the RCDS community.
Middle School mathematics teacher Ofelia Marquez introduces the new peer Math-A-Magics program.
Maddie Mandell was awarded the Society for In Vitro Biology Award and James Chen was awarded the Excellence in Medical Research Award. Congratulations!
Thank you to RCDS alumna and current parent Dr. Cory Kercher '97 for meeting with the Women in Science Enrichment (WISE) after school program. The WISE program is part of an ongoing initiative at RCDS to build interest and participation in science in an effort to combat the underrepresentation of women in science related fields. Thank you to Dr. Kercher for sharing her story with our students and fueling their interest in medicine and science.
When the Cohen Center for the Creative Arts opens in the fall, students in all three divisions will gain access to a brand new design-oriented makerspace with leading edge equipment.
RCDS's First LEGO League (FLL) Team, the "Hydrocats," participated in its second competition on Saturday, January 20. This year's theme of Hydrodynamics was met with enthusiasm from all team members, who worked many hours to prepare for and compete in three judged presentations.
Two RCDS VEX robotics teams performed so well in a competition at Lycee Francais de New York that they have qualified for the State Championship Tournament! RCDS took home the overall competition win as well as the design award win.
Many congratulations to three RCDS Upper School students, Cecilia van Paasschen, Georgia Mandell and Charlotte Townley, for winning the Connecticut Regional Pitch in the Technovation Challenge last weekend.
Rye Country Day School Science Research students from the Middle & Upper Schools showcased their projects on Saturday, April 22, at the Tri-County Science & Engineering Fair.
Designing and building the prosthetic hand required the students to call on each of the S.T.E.A.M. disciplines. This project is a great example of our School motto, Not for Self, But for Service, in action.
Katie O'Shaughnessey joined RCDS this year as chair of the Computer Science Department.