Math Experiments

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Practical applications for a variety of complex math theories were at the center of an in-school field trip for third- through sixth-graders at Setauket Elementary School and the district’s secondary students when the Math Midway 2 Go travel exhibit visited the buildings.

Created by the Museum of Mathematics in NYC, the exhibit included six interactive stations that captivated and engaged students in concepts ranging from geometry and algebra to probability, statistics and number systems. At each of the exhibits, the students conducted a hands-on experiment and learned about the mathematics behind the lesson. For example, at the “roller graphicoaster” station, students experimented with the slope of a roller coaster. At the “ring of fire” location, they explored cross-sections of 3-D shapes by using a laser light and solid objects.
 
“This exhibit allowed the students to learn about mathematics beyond the lessons explored in the classroom and understand how they are applied to the world around them,” said Rocco Vetro, mathematics chairperson at R.C. Murphy Junior High School.
    

Three Village elementary schools take ALS challenge

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Students, teachers and staff at Arrowhead, Nassakeag and Setauket elementary schools were recently challenged by neighborhood schools to raise money and awareness in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS.

At Arrowhead, students poured money over their teachers’ heads as the crowd of kids roared in support. At Nassakeag, more than $1,500 was raised from students vying to get the chance to dump ice water on a specific teacher. The staff agreed to match the funding up to $500, so more than $2,000 was generated from the school.

At Setauket, ice water was dumped over everyone’s heads, including Principal Nathalie Lilavois, who cheered while she was being drenched.

“As you know, Minnesauke nominated us for the Ice Bucket Challenge and we accepted,” Lilavois said. “We have been collecting [through] Change for the Challenge, which we will donate on behalf of the Setauket school community to the ALS Association.”