Second Meeting!

Hi everyone! We missed the people who weren’t able to attend. We’re planning to have another short meeting soon, either this Friday or Monday. This meeting is extremely important! We’re going to go through how to keep in touch during the summer! Please come to this meeting! We’ll keep you posted about when the meeting is.

Today we covered three things. This year’s project, two of our fundraising events, and how to blog.

In the beginning of our meeting, we looked at a project video by the Inventioneers, a team that won the World Championships a couple years before! This great video does a really good job of explaining how to really complete our project. It talks about how to and why to do this really fun and informative part of FLL.

After we saw the video, we talked about this year’s challenge for the project. This year’s topic is called Nature’s Fury. We have to find a natural disaster to research as a team and find a solution to it. We also talked about different types of natural disasters. The link to the website of this year’s topic is http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2013naturesfury.

Then, we talked about our first two fundraising events. We have planned two events to get money for our team T-shirts! The first event will be the end of school fundraiser. For this event, we’re going to sell desserts. Your parents should make 12 small bags of desserts (cookies, brownies, Rice Krispies treats, etc.) with two pieces in each bag.

Our second event will be the 4th of July fundraiser. We’re going to sell water in this fundraiser. Please buy two 24 packs of 16.9 ounce water bottles for us to sell. During this fundraiser, we’ll be wearing our T-shirts proudly.

For both of the fundraisers, please bring the fundraising items to Mrs. Kuiken’s room (#104).

After that, we talked about the blog. Everyone tested out how the blog works, and we even made a few posts! Just click the “How to Blog” tab, sign in with the username and password we emailed to you, and the power of the website will be under your fingertips! You can blog anything here, from your thoughts about the meeting to the ideas you have.

That wraps up our second official STEM Club meeting! Don’t forget to find a natural disaster that you want to research and blog a little about it for “homework”! That kicks off the project section of FLL!

Thanks for being in the STEM Club!

Fundraising

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the bake sale! We made $171! This is a great help.

We have a couple details for our July 4th fundraiser. First, we meet at 9:00 AM at Westside Bagels and Deli. The address is 2 Wilsey Square Ridgewood, NJ 07450. There, we will dispatch everyone to our fundraising locations. We will have a station at GW, Westside Bagels, the library, and the corner of E. Ridgewood and N. Maple Avenue.

Everyone needs to bring a poster advertising water and glow sticks for a dollar. Also, everyone needs to bring a 24 pack of 16.9 (big) ounce water bottles, and a cooler or wagon per pair. Please comment on this blog if you can come and bring these things.

We’ll keep you updated by blog and email! Have a great weekend!

Thanks for being in the STEM Club!

Problems with Tornadoes

One solution is garbage mountains.

Garbage mountains will get rid of the rising garbage epidemic.

These mountains will break up the winds that create tornadoes. Have you ever seen a tornado in the Rockies? No. That is what I mean. The garbage mountains will stop tornadoes from forming and will probably wipe out tornadoes.

Problem With Hurricanes

One major problem with hurricanes is that we usually lose power. Although we can’t really fix this we can solve a problem that comes with that. The issue I am talking about is the improper use of generators and cars for heating and other reasons. Many people forget that they must bring the generator outside while using it. If they keep it inside they might eventually die form the carbon monoxide that builds up. This is the same issue with the cars. When people run them inside their garage they end of slowly killing themselves with the carbon monoxide. In Hurricane Sandy in total 10 people died from poisoning. 90% of those cases were from carbon monoxide. 5 were from New Jersey. There were also many cases of carbon monoxide levels going off the chart where the fire department had to intervene. All of the cases were serious.

A solution to this problem is to create a device that can possibly warn the person about the level of carbon monoxide by creating a large, blaring beep. We would have to put a carbon monoxide sensor to communicate with a circuit board and then make the alarm go off with a bit of programming (power would come from a battery). This alarm could the jar the person from falling asleep and thus give them the time need to get a window or something open. This could potentially save their life. Please tell me what you think about my idea.

First Meeting

Our first meeting

Our first STEM meeting, which was like an orientation.

Yay! We had our first actual STEM meeting on May 29!

First, Ashton and Eddie gave a warm welcome to all the people who attended. We explained all about FLL, how it works, and how we’d split people up into different roles. The roles are the project group, the missions group, the A/V group, the core values group, and the website and documenting group. In addition, the students watched videos about FLL. They looked at our blogs (one of them is the one you’re reading) and asked questions. Finally, we talked about how we would fundraise for next year. Then came the final announcements. These included the STEM homework and our next meeting (June 12). Our meeting really was a success and I hope that no one will drop out.

To learn about FLL, please visit the page here or watch the video here.