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PS/IS 30 Steam Leadership Team

Posted January 11, 2016 By Gina Tart
As part of PS/IS 30’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) initiative, our middle school students have joined together to launch our school’s first STEAM Leadership Team.  
Each Wednesday during NIA, our STEAM leaders are working together to plan and implement “Go Green” projects around our school with Ms. Tart and Ms. Moustapha. Many of the projects completed by the STEAM leaders will focus on beautifying and enriching our school environment.  
In an effort to keep PS/IS 30 eco-friendly, the STEAM leaders will be participating in an ongoing paper-making project where they will transform shredded paper scraps that would normally be discarded into beautiful, handmade stationary.
Recently our STEAM leaders planned and hosted a Daffodil Bulb Planting Event with our kindergarten, first and second grade students outside of our Early Childhood Annex Building. The STEAM leaders taught the elementary students about the life-cycle of daffodils as well as how to plant and care for the bulbs. Thanks to the STEAM Leadership Team, our elementary students planted dozens of bulbs in the front garden of the Annex Building. We are all looking forward to seeing the daffodil flowers this spring! Thank you to New Yorkers for Parks‘ Daffodil Project for donating the bulbs to our school!
Be sure to look out for more STEAM Leadership Team school-wide events!
Please also contact Ms. Tart ( or Ms. Moustapha ( with any questions, suggestions for school projects you would like to see, or resources that you would like to donate! 
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i2s2c_lunchCongratulations to our sixth-graders, Dana Ahmad, Sundous Aljahmi, Joshua Feliciano, Jiahao Guan and Joyce Wong,  led by science teacher Nathan Tubbs. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, in partnership with the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) and the Ramon Foundation, announced today that they selected their experiment to send to the International Space Station (ISS) as the winners of the first Intrepid International Space Station Challenge (I2S2C). Forty-two teams participated in the challenge.

The experiment will be sent to the International Space Station in the fall of 2015 on SSEP Mission 8, and an astronaut aboard the ISS will conduct the experiment. After approximately six weeks in orbit, the experiment will be returned safely to Earth for data collection and analysis.


“This has been an amazing experience for my students and me. To know that they, as sixth graders, have an opportunity to see their experiment fly into space, has engaged them in a way other projects have not,” said Nathan Tubbs, science teacher and facilitator for the winning team. “I have had a great time watching them complete their research, work as a group and interact with scientists to refine their ideas. It has been hard work, and we are extremely excited to be able to represent the Intrepid Museum, our school and our community as a part of SSEP Mission 8.”


“I think it’s really cool that we got chosen because this is a big opportunity,” added winning team member Sundous Aljahmi. “All of our families are really proud of us.”


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It’s official! PS/IS 30 has a school garden!

Posted April 27, 2015 By Mara Lazda

On Saturday, April 25, after months of planning, the PS/IS 30 School Garden team came together to build our school

garden! Over 40 teachers, parents, and students

At the end of the crisp but lovely day, the team–led by Ms. Moustapha and Ms. Tart–created a beautiful 2-tiered wooden raised bed and four recycled tire containers.

A special thanks to Home Depot Hamilton Branch! In addition to providing essential supplies, Home Depot provided three wonderful volunteers–Liz, Euphrathes, and Law–who also helped with the actual building.


groupStay tuned for upcoming garden events or contact Ms. Moustapha or Ms. Tart.

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On January 12, the PTA welcomed middle school teacher Mr. Tubbs who introduced parents to the exciting initiatives of PS/IS 30’s STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics)program. One of the main goals of STEAM curriculum is to integrate more directly the teaching and learning of all sciences and art. This program is led by Mr. Tubbs for the upper grades and Ms. Moustapha for the lower grades.  Mr. Tubbs’s excitement and enthusiasm spread quickly, especially as he began his presentation with a science experiment and quiz for parents: what do we need to make a fire? Flames soon followed!

PS/IS 30 is quickly becoming a leader in STEAM education through programs such as:

  • School Garden (Kindergarten): Thanks to grant won by Ms. Moustapha, the kindergartners will learn all about planting, growing, and irrigation!
  • Mannahattan Project (Middle School): Created by the Wildlife Conservation Society, this project teaches students about the original ecology of New York City and how it has evolved over time. PS/IS 30 students will also be studying specifically how ecology has changed in Bay Ridge.
  • International Space Station Experiment (Middle School): As participants in a NASA program, students are designing experiment that they will submit to be performed on the International Space Station.
  • Urban Advantage (Middle School): Urban advantage is a network of New York Cultural Institutions (the American Museum of Natural History, New York City Department of Education, Staten Island Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, WCS/New York Aquarium, WCS/Bronx Zoo) that helps build science education programs at participating middle schools like PS/IS 30.
  • Maimonides Medical Center Residents (Elementary and Middle School): Second-year medical residents will visit classrooms to teach students about the medical profession. In addition, the experience with our students and teachers will also help residents gain experience working with children.
  • School STEAM Mural (PS/IS 30 Afterschool Program): To help get the word out about the exciting programs at our school, the afterschool program students will be creating a mural with the help of Mr. Askew.

Thanks to Mr. Tubbs for the presentation (and for the fiery experiment)!

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