John Li Named a Regeneron Scholar!

On 9 January, Wheatley Senior John Li was named a scholar in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search!

In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor (after Westinghouse and Intel) of the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As part of its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Founded and led by two Science Talent Search alumni, Regeneron recognizes and prioritizes the need to inspire more young people to engage in science.

The 300 Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,818 applicants from 555 high schools in 45 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico and six American and international high schools overseas.  The scholars were selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.

John’s project, “Three Efficient Inventions That Work Together to Reduce the Time and Cost of Automobile Transmission Fluid and Filter Changes by 3/4th,” looked at streamlining the current procedures for changing transmission fluid and filters.  The proposed three inventions work in conjunction to reduce cost and time for not only the consumer but the automobile industries as well.

John’s project summary is as follows:

Transmission fluid and filter changes usually cost greater than two hundred dollars and require an hour. Inefficient design makes these common maintenance procedures expensive and slow because of many unnecessary steps. Car owners have to wait a long time for maintenance and also pay high labor costs. These problems are solved by a combination of three inventions that are very simple for car manufacturers to adopt. The three inventions work together to make transmission fluid and filter changes fast, inexpensive, and mess-free. It is estimated that transmission fluid and filter changes will only cost 55 dollars and require 12 minutes, resulting in a 3/4th reduction in time and cost for car owners.

On January 23, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists.

You can read Newsday’s coverage of Long Island’s scholars through this link: Regeneron Scholars_Newsday_10Jan18

Congratulations John!

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8th Graders Visit the Tenement Museum!

Mr. Eckers’ and Mr. Clarke’s 8th grade social studies classes braved the cold on Wednesday and took a trip to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, home to generations of immigrants to the United States.  The trip coincided with the eighth grade study of immigration, urbanization, and the Progressive Era.

Students spent most of the day learning at the Tenement Museum, a fantastic New York City resource.  They were able to see, first hand, what life was like in the ethnic enclave before and after the turn of the last century.  The museum brought to life the stories and photos that the students have read and analyzed in their social studies classes.  After the museum, the group went on a short walking tour of the neighborhood and got to sample some of its traditional foods such as pickles and homemade bagels.  Students saw the Forward Building, the Essex Street Market, and other sights along the way.

Thanks to Mr. Clarke, Mr. Ardito, Ms. Seferian, Mr. Eckers and Mr. Chisholm for accompanying the students for the day!

[Thanks to Mr. Eckers for the photos and write-up!]

Wheatley’s Intercultural Unity Assembly a Celebration for All!

A longstanding tradition at Wheatley has been our ICU Assembly and Luncheon on the final day of school before the December recess. On this day, a double period assembly is dedicated to a talent showcase and fashion show that celebrates our many cultures and communities—all organized by our Intercultural Unity Club (ICU).

Described by some as “the best day of the year,” the ICU assembly is truly a showcase of our many student talents. Through music and dance performances, students use the ICU Assembly to celebrate the diverse cultures within our community as a way of bringing us closer together.  After the assembly, students eat food (prepared by our community families) from across many cultures. Leftover food is brought to the INN at the end of the day.

Many thanks to our ICU Advisor, Steven Fitzko, for his work with the students in bringing this day to our community!

Here are some short videos of some of the performances.