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Guest Blog: Classroom Lessons related to NNYB Educational Outreach enhance Understanding

Andy O’Rourke with 400 students at Ossining school/NYSTA

By Micki Lockwood

The educational outreach piece is our three-year-long relationship between Public Outreach Coordinator Andy O’Rourke and the Ossining School District. The importance of this work is looking at curriculum through a new lens, for example, you are going to study New York in 4th Grade in Social Studies, Simple Machines in Science and Geometry in math, hmmm… then why not study one of the most important projects happening in our backyard?

This becomes not only understanding the bridge that being built; it brings us back to the history of bridges and architecture — and leads us back to literacy and reading fiction and non-fiction books on engineers, architects, which in turn brings in our science, math, ELA.

We then, of course, want hands-on experiences, and these lend themselves to STEAM, where you can do low-tech to high-tech activities and use technology. You then can use Virtual Reality to travel the world and see architecture and building and even see people within their careers.

This leads us back to The New NY Bridge. We can have meaningful conversations about the falcons and the sturgeon, and the importance of the bridge and the balance in nature. Last year a student here at Claremont School selected one of the winning names — Puente (bridge in Spanish) — for one of the falcon’s new babies. The inquiry and hands-on pieces are what bring about engagement.

I use the New NY Bridge group for my research, but my favorite part is that they are the culmination of all the research we have done here in our STEM Lab at Claremont School. As an educator, I am always revisiting and crafting my lessons to integrate as many subjects into what I am teaching. There are only so many minutes in the day, so the idea is how can I get the most in and have a meaningful impact.

The final outcome from this work is that you can be any of these occupations if you choose. If we didn’t study the bridge, then we wouldn’t know about these careers.

Claremont Elementary School teacher Micki Lockwood shares her enthusiasm for learning with her third- and fourth-grade students. Lockwood’s classes used K’NEX and LEGO® bricks to study and build bridges with a special emphasis on the new bridge.

ICYMI: Scenes from around the Project Site

Wires? A huge bug? Nope. Per project officials, these are tubes that cooled the new bridge’s concrete pile caps via concrete cytalitic reaction. Too complex for me, suffice to say they helped make the new bridge stronger.

Photos 1, 3 and 4 are courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority.

This colorful new view from steps near the clubhouse at Quay condominiums in Tarrytown differs from what residents living there saw when the project started.

Looking north from the Westchester landing, you can see piers from the Tappan Zee Bridge and the two new spans. The project slowed during the past few weeks due to bitterly cold temps that caused a frozen river.

Sweet photo. An astute eye snapped hungry mallard ducks befriending some of the crew. Before long, the Peregrine falcons will return to their home — on which bridge?

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. See this pipe affixed to the blue structural steel girders near the Westchester landing? It helps prevent flooding and is part of the new bridge’s drainage system.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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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