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Support Science Student Trip To Kennedy Space Center

Posted May 13, 2016 By Zahra Amara

Dear Friends and Community Members,


I am a science teacher at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington in Bay Ridge, and I am writing on behalf of my students Jiahao Guan, Sundous Aljahmi, Joyce Wong and Joshua Feliciano.


Last year, these students competed in the Intrepid International Space Station Challenge, an experiment design competition led by the Intrepid Museum. My students designed an experiment testing how microgravity affects the germination of pot mum seeds, and their experiment won. As the winner, it will be flown to the International Space Station, where astronauts will conduct the experiment and report the findings.


The experiment is tentatively scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station on June 27, 2016. I believe that seeing the launch would be a life-changing educational opportunity for my students, and I want them to be there that day.


Most of my students have rarely left Brooklyn, much less traveled to another state. As a teacher, I try to inspire them to reach for the stars. This launch would be concrete proof of how far they can go. They will see firsthand what they can accomplish when they apply themselves, and they will come home knowing that they can achieve great things—because they already have.


But to make this trip, we need help. The trip from Brooklyn to the Kennedy Space Center will cost approximately $20,000, which includes air travel, ground transportation, food, and lodging for the students and chaperones. Because of the possibility of launch delays, the trip will last several days to give us the best shot of seeing the launch in person.


Would you please consider supporting these students and helping us take this trip? Any donation will help and would be greatly appreciated.


You can donate online by visiting . You can also send a check made payable to PS/IS 30 PTA to the following address: 7002 4th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11209. Please write “Rocket Launch” in the memo line.


If you have any questions, please contact me at 718-491-8440 or If any surplus funds are raised, they will go to support other science initiatives at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington.

Thank you for investing in the lives of my students and supporting science education at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington.


Nathan W. Tubbs

Science Teacher at PS/IS 30

Here is the link to our online fundraising campaign. Please share with friends, family, and colleagues as you are able.<> <>

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BK South SwDs Family Conference

Posted May 7, 2016 By R Merrill

Spring Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities, June 11th, 2016. See fliers below in: English, Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.






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Earth Science Activities Open House

Posted May 1, 2016 By Zahra Amara

Since the 1950’s, Lamont-Doherty research scientists and graduate students have prepared Open House exhibits, lectures and demonstrations on a wide range of earth science topics and current developments in the earth sciences. Exhibits are aimed at different ages and educational levels, from elementary school-age children to college students, to those well versed in the earth sciences.

You are invited to Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory biennial Open House on Saturday, October 8, 2016 in Palisades, NY­—a day filled with fun and informative earth science activities for parents, children and science enthusiasts of all ages.
At Open House you can —

*   Visit the Seismic Sound Lab and experience the sights and sounds of earthquakes.
*   Use a seismometer to measure the ground motion generated by your own movement.
*   Examine centuries-old tree trunks and learn what tree rings tell us about past climate.
*   Create your own eruptions at our hands-on exhibit featuring volcanoes of different eruptive intensity, volcanic rocks, and volcano research.
*   Attend an earth science lecture on the latest research and discoveries at the Observatory.
*   Explore the Arctic of the future through hands-on activities that demonstrate the impact of sea ice loss.
*   Feel how a bathtub full of cornstarch and water can be used to understand the dynamics of the solid Earth.
*   Join Lamont Tree Ring Laboratory scientists and Earth2Class teachers on a “Dendro Eco-Hike” that explores Lamont’s Forest History through tree-ring analysis.
*   Take walking tours of the campus with graduate students who share the experience of developing their own research and work at Lamont.

Visit our “Educational Resources<>” site for tools designed and developed at Open House to enhance your class offerings. Experience the energy and enthusiasm generated at Open House, by viewing our video<>. We encourage you to consider Open House for your fall curriculum planning. Our website<> will be updated as information on the 2016 Open House becomes available. Please send your email address to receive electronic updates as the day approaches.

The website has information on Open House parking for individuals coming by car as well as the free shuttle service from the Columbia University Morningside Campus (located at 116th Street & Broadway) to Lamont.  However, seating on this free shuttle is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you plan on bringing a group of five or more students, please arrange separate transportation. Please contact us, prior to the event, to make arrangements for buses and/or vans to park on the Lamont campus.

We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us on October 8, 2016.

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