Five students will represent Long Island at the national level after being named regional delegates in a symposium that promotes research in science, engineering and math.
More than 400 local students applied for a chance to compete for the delegate positions at the Long Island regional level of the 2016 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, held last month at York College in Queens. The event was sponsored by the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense through the Academy of Applied Sciences.
Long Island’s delegates are David Li of Commack High School, Julian Ubriaco and John Jeffrey of Kings Park High School, Jordyn Schor of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School, and Archana Verma of Jericho High School.
They received all-expense-paid trips to compete at the 54th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in Ohio April 27-30.
“It’s really exciting to finally culminate my work with such an amazing opportunity,” said Li, 17, who was named “1st Delegate” among the students. His research explored the configuration and installation of Named Data Networking to collect data based on content, rather than the location of the device holding the information.
To participate, students submitted research papers that were evaluated by college faculty and local scientists and engineers. Students with the best papers were selected to present during the symposium.
Other Suffolk County finalists for the delegate positions were Brian Rhee and Anjali Maheshwari of Half Hollow Hills East and West high schools, respectively — both in Dix Hills.
St. Jude math-a-thon
John Quincy Adams Primary School raised more than $8,900 — the school’s biggest amount raised to date — through a math-a-thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The annual event challenges students to solicit pledges from family and friends based on the kids’ efforts solving problems in a “funbook,” school officials said.
The school has raised more than $32,800 over the past five years through the math-a-thon.
Poster contest winner
Donna Daly, a fifth-grader at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, won first place statewide in the grades 3-5 category of the 2015-16 New York State “Kids Safe Online” Poster Contest.
The competition was designed to help youth realize the importance of cyber security. Nearly 450 entries were entered from 43 schools statewide.
Daly’s winning illustration features a foot positioned over the word “bullying” along with the slogan: “Stomp Out Bullying.” Her drawing will advance to the national level and be posted on the contest’s webpage.
The competition was run by the New York State Office of Information Technology Services.
Schools across Long Island celebrated the 100th day of the school year in February with educational activities centered around the number 100.
In Setauket, students at Arrowhead Elementary School practiced math skills by counting to 100 in various increments, creating pictures using the digits in 100 and decorating hats with 100 items. Meanwhile, children at Setauket Elementary School collected 100 food items and toiletries per class for local families in need, resulting in more than 1,000 items for St. James Food Pantry.
In East Islip, students at Connetquot Elementary School dressed as centenarians complete with spectacles, suspenders and pearl necklaces. They also made pizza posters that showed pies divided into 10 slices, with kids filling each slice with 10 toppings.
In Lindenhurst, first-graders at Alleghany and Daniel Street elementary schools went a step further with activities honoring the 101st day, such as wearing black and white in homage to Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.”