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Skills Spotlight: Students Code for a Cause

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.

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RCDS Welcomes Neurobiology Speaker

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.

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James Chen '19 Published in Peer Reviewed Medical Journal

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.

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Pre-K Explores Nature Center Pond

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.

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WISE Welcomes Dr. Cory Kercher '97 as Special Guest Speaker

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.

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FLL Team Makes a Splash!

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.

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A Helping Hand

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.

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Robotics Competition
The Rye Country Day Robotics Team attended its first competition at Harvey School. Thirty-five teams from 21 different schools and organizations participated. The competition required each student team to build a robot that would move on its own for 15 seconds and then continue into driver-enabled mode. The robots also needed to be able to pick up large foam stars and cubes. RCDS brought two teams that have been designing and building robots since early December.
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