Archive for the ‘Educational Outreach’ Category

Artistic Installations gather at Scarecrow Invasion

As I drove past this friendly group yesterday, I heard the introduction to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in my head. What a fantabulous line dance team it would be!

This lovely lady greeted me as she hung from one of the trees, floating gracefully in the breeze. And it was breezy! Kinda neat that the wind added to the atmosphere around 3:30 p.m. yesterday at Lyndhurst’s Scarecrow Invasion.

Met a powerful-looking figure who’s really very tame and friendly. A sign on one of his legs says high voltage and for authorized personnel only. The visible sign reminds all to drive slowly on the grounds and when driving past road work.

From its perch, this bird was deep in thought as it watched visitors walking by.

So much to see at this annual creative culmination of time, care and imagination.

Despite a danger warning, the friendly worker above didn’t object when your intrepid reporter posed for a photo next to him. Scarecrow Invasion is open at night starting October 19 through 31. Maybe some figures or their parts light up in the dark? Will be cool to see at night. Boo!

NOTE: If you visit the property after dusk to see the outdoor exhibit, then you will be directed to park on a flat level a good hike from the main drive.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Students Learn Valuable Lesson at Presentation

Eleventh and 12th grade physics classes at Byram Hills High School got a peek into the state’s largest infrastructure project when the New NY Bridge educational outreach team came to their school this academic year. “We asked them to focus on the engineering aspects of it although some science students were there,” BHHS teacher Paul Beeken said.

Photos courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

The presentation included the politics of getting a megaproject started. “One fascinating concept for us (students) was how to get a project like this in place,” Beeken said.

This year one of BHHS’s classes built a truss build from balsa wood and was challenged to see how much it can carry versus the weight of the bridge itself. “With this in mind, they have an understanding it’s a tradeoff: cost of materials and how heavy is the bridge versus how much can it carry,” he said.

Beeken requested the presentation focus on engineering and the stress factors: what goes into building the roadway, the technologies needed to lift roadway and how the super crane was able to lift the weights it did as he’d finished a unit on forces including weights and pulleys.

When the kids asked Marcy where he got his degree, he told them he’s not an engineer and explained his background. “That was very valuable,” Beeken said, “because the kids could see someone who wasn’t an engineer but who was still very articulate about all the different facets of the project.”

Engineering is only one part of the project, he noted. “While maybe one-tenth of the class will become engineers, it’s important to have a basic literacy to more easily navigate the subject.”

“Before the (Tappan Zee) bridge was built there was nothing there, so no one had any expectations about what a bridge would do,” Beeken said. “Now (building a bridge today) is 10 times more difficult because people need that bridge and depend upon it. You want to build a new one, so the logistics of being able to build a new bridge without ever shutting down the old one presents challenges.”

Read full article, details in the current issue of Inside Chappaqua magazine here.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

New Falcon Chicks are Nameless No More

The cuties smiling for the New York State Thruway Authority have names!

More than 2,000 people voted to name the new chicks Puente, suggested by Claremont Elementary School in Ossining, and Tarrytalon, suggested by 2nd graders at Concord Road Elementary School in Ardsley.

Congratulations to all who participated!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Falcon Chicks Need Names so Be Sure to Vote

We’re trying to have a family talk here if you don’t mind./Photo courtesy of EarthCam®

Mama’s telling us to mind our own business. We can take a hint for now. In the meantime, check out potential names for her chicks, and choose your favorite by May 9.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Friday is Last Day to Send Names for Baby Chicks

Today they were fed . . . and now these cuties need names!

Kinda shy: baby chicks play hide-and-seek with falcon cam/Photo courtesy of EarthCam®

Tomorrow’s the deadline for local schools to enter the annual falcon naming contest so they won’t wind up as Chick 1 and Chick 2. (At this point it’s a good guess mamma falcon’s done hatching.)

In 2013, the little ones were named Skylar, Shea and Nina by the Department of Conservation. Not sure if there was a contest the following year (although there was a premier bridge art show).

This time-honored tradition is continued and coordinated by project officials. Last year the chick was named Irvwing, and in 2015 the three chicks were named Hudson, Bridge-ette and Zee.

Mama falcon keeps a watchful eye on her new little chicks/Photo courtesy of EarthCam®

Tomorrow’s the deadline, and then the poll will be posted for one week so the public can vote. Mama falcon’s counting on you!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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