How’s the water? Silas and Stimson students take the Long Island Water Challenge!

 “Do you know what’s in your drinking water,” asks Stimson 7th grader Daniel Kulesa.
“Do you know what’s in your drinking water,” asks Stimson 7th grader Daniel Kulesa.
A water taste test is conducted with administrators and BOE members, and the Silas Wood team is investigating what could be done to improve our water.
A water taste test is conducted with administrators and BOE members, and the Silas Wood team is investigating what could be done to improve our water.

Teams of students from Stimson and Silas Wood are working with the engineering branch of the LI STEM Hub (an organization that links schools, industry and the community groups together to promote STEM education) to investigate problems with the water on Long Island.    

Teams will identify a specific problem with Long Island water, investigate that problem, and come up with innovative and cost-effective solutions.  The Stimson team, under the guidance of technology teacher Rob Bilicki, chose to investigate storm water, and Silas Wood students, working with science teacher Natalie Miller, are investigating our drinking water. 

All participating students have the opportunity to work with an engineering graduate student at NYIT, and will have the additional support of Mr. Toto, Mr. Smith, Mr. Maddy, and Ms. Scardapane.  Stay tuned as our students develop their own creative solutions!

Stimson team members who presented their project to the Board of Education at a recent meeting included: Dan Kulesa, Zachary Slansky, Aidan Luebker, and Michael Baranowski. The following students are also on the Stimson team: Meghan Brady-Fuchsman, Samantha Carey, Tyler Meyer, Jeremy Forman, Ann Rodruguez, Joseph DiGiovanni, Logan Slansky, Ryan Wittleder, Gretel Huber, Emily Murphy, Charles Nordstrom, and Connor Rankel.

Silas Wood team members who also presented at the recent Board of Education meeting included: Pam Carey, Leo Musitano, and Lorraine Jean-Pierre. The following students are also on the Silas Wood team and actively investigating problems they identified with our drinking water: Jasmeen Cheema, Thomas Swanson, Ellena Lunt, Katie Block, Liana Huag, Juliana Nguyen, Cal Eidinoff, Aarav Shah, Saul Emmanuel Ramos, Mario Campbell, Maggie Neiland, James Tadlock, Jovany Philippe, Fataih Joseph, Anthony Inga, Jefferson Vides Garcia, and Rena Shapiro.