Browsing: Technology

By Aaron Laramee, Mallery Rockwell, Taylor Zambrano Would-be entrepreneurs and small business owners networked and shared personal success stories at the Rev Ithaca Startup Works on the evening of Feb. 23. The Southern Tier Startup Alliance hosted the event titled, Are you an Entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs in Residence, Brad Treat and Ken Rother, opened up the event by sharing their personal stories about how they became an entrepreneur and gave advice on how anyone else could become one as well. Treat is a management instructor at both Ithaca College and Cornell University. He had been CEO for a number of companies…

By David Stern and Annie Uhle Cornell students and Ithaca residents gathered at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Feb. 18. as part of a Master Composter training course. The class meets for two-hour sessions on Thursday evenings from February to May, and after completing the program the participants become certified as master composters. The composting classes feature lessons in how to compost using different systems, the importance of composting and waste management to improving the environment, and how to teach others about compost to improve the community. The master composter certification training involves 20 hours of class time and 20…

By Sara Kim and Arlana Shikongo Life Changing Labs, a nonprofit organization, hosted their first make-a-thon event at Cornell University this past weekend. Fourteen teams and 120 people participated in the event. Life Changing Labs is run by a team of students from the various Cornell schools to represent the university’s diverse and creative entrepreneurial offerings, according to the organization’s website. The LC. Make-a-thon, a day of hands-on prototype making and hacking, brought together engineer students, design students and business students to find and propose life-changing solutions using these prototyping techniques. Michael Raspuzzi, managing director of Life Changing Labs, fifth-year…

By Alexis Forde, Gabby Jorio and Mallery Rockwell The Museum of the Earth held their annual commemoration of Charles Darwin, known as Darwin Days, Feb. 8–13. The annual event is meant to stimulate curiosity about biology and evolution among the Ithaca community. Darwin Days is open to all ages, and the activities are catered to accommodate everyone. Robert Ross, the associate director for outreach at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth said, “We choose a variety of events so that they are appropriate for a variety of audiences.” Family Day was one of the more popular…

By Aaron Laramee and Will Uhl After undergoing renovations and high-tech upgrades for six years, Cornell’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory has reopened to the public this past week. The greenhouse is equipped to autonomously tend to a wide variety of plants. A light- and heat-sensitive mechanical shade system manages of light exposure the plants receive, as well as providing significant energy retention, especially once it becomes far cooler than what many of the more tropical plants are accustomed to. Another new feature is the addition of the Palm House, named in honor of Liberty Hyde Bailey’s specialty: corpse flowers, or…

By Kayla Dwyer and Rachel Mucha Cornell University students are nearly done building a race car to compete in an international competition in May. The team expects to complete the car by the end of February. The Cornell Formula Society of Automotive Engineers team is one among the 120 teams that will test their race cars’ speed, safety and design features in an annual international competition at the Michigan International Speedway. About 60 students have been working on the open-cockpit car since last summer and through most of their holiday break, keeping them on track to finish the car by…

By Ramya Vijayagopal and Taylor Zambrano The faculty and staff at Caroline Elementary School are changing the way their students learn by utilizing multidisciplinary place-based units. Place-based learning involves children using the place they are in to help further their understanding of the concepts taught and the real-life impact they can have. This is part of the ‘next generation science standards,’ which Caroline Principal Mary Grover said the school has adopted. One example of this is the wilderness campus that was completed during the summer of 2013. The habitat is an outdoor learning center that borders Six-Mile Creek with a…

By Aaron Laramee and David Stern The Technology Student Association and Code Red robotics clubs showcased the projects that they have worked on this school year at an open house at Ithaca High School on Saturday, Feb. 6. Students presented the impressive creations that they have engineered, ranging from model cars and Lego buildings, to four-wheeled robots zipping across the floor and launching balls into the air. This event marked the 15-year anniversary of the first collaboration between these clubs and Ithaca schools. TSA is a technology club that operates at both Dewitt Middle School and Ithaca High School. Code…

By Kellen Beck and Katelyn Harrop Signs hang along the walls of the artificially-lit space of Ithaca Generator: “WELDING,” WOODWORKING,” “3D PRINTING,” “LASER CUTTING.” Tools hang from the walls next to tables and shelves crowded with projects and creative inventions. Nestled in back of Press Bay Alley, Ithaca Generator provides a community space, machinery and tools for members to pursue creative interests. Whether that includes using the space’s laser cutter for a precise wooden map of the city, crafting vases with a 3D printer, or developing new software, Ithaca Generator works to create a community space for inventors, technicians and…

By Taylor Rescignano, Kelli Kyle and Miranda Materazzo Deborah King, associate professor of biomechanics in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca College, entered the final stages of her most recent study. King specializes in figure skating and has been collecting data from a new piece of wearable technology that attaches to the ice skate. After conducting trials with the device since March, she’s hopeful that this round will be her last. King and her team designed the instrument to measure the vertical and horizontal forces exerted by skaters during jumps, in hopes of making sense of overuse…

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