army-funded initiative brings science, engineering to life at ridge and valley charter school - stainless steel ice balls
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Kids sitting on a large room floor at Ridge and Valley Charter School may look like they're throwing balls and spinning meter sticks, but they're learning to predict and test their performance.
Pictillinghast is a mechanical/electrical engineer and also the laboratory director of the collaborative innovation laboratory for the fire fighting systems of Picatinny Arsenal mortar, who will hold a monthly Wednesday workshop for students at the school
Tillinghast stands in organized confusion, instructing students to throw various balls on a metal plate after predicting how high each ball will bounce.
They also predict how long it will take for an ice cube to melt at 67 degrees.
Students Brian Masi and Nick Serchio have a good track record in terms of predictions, but they are surprised to find that a stainless steel ball jingles on a plate and doesn't bounce at all.
Tillinghast did a variety of experiments with the children for two hours through the STEM program (
Science, technology, engineering, mathematics), an Army-
Funding initiatives to introduce engineering and science into local schools.
He explained that the program aims to improve students' critical thinking skills.
The participating engineers and scientists create their own projects and enter the school.
Tillinghast also presented the project at Halsey Avenue Middle School in Newton.
Ridge and Valley students choose their subjects for independent study on Wednesday.
Tillinghast says he has different children every week.
He commented that the group attached great importance to the boys and said that the title of the group might not be very attractive.
Parents come in to help with workshops, resulting in a low proportion of adults/students.
The next project could be to build bridges with pasta.
Tillinghast let the students observe and lead them to the conclusion.
The factors of enthusiasm are strong.