Browsing: Science

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…

By Ciara Lucas and Taylor Rescignano For one Cornell senior, a homemade wine experiment gone wrong turned into a possible career path. “This is not inspiring…Freshman year me and my friend were like, why don’t we make some wine with grape juice?”, she said, explaining how she chose to take her first Viticulture and Enology course. “We looked it up online and bought jugs of grape juice and baker’s yeast from the store and made it in our dorm room fridge”, she said. “It was gross, and we didn’t drink any of it because it was disgusting.” From pruning, to…

By Kristen Gowdy and Steven Pirani It’s long after dark, and clad in a pair of paint-flecked, Carhartt overalls, Jane Kim has locked eyes with an Atlantic Puffin. Well, most of it. It’s the last night of September, and what will become the first rainstorm of October shakes the trees that flank Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. The lights are dimmed, and the bustle of activity won’t resume until tomorrow. And yet, it’s here, among the quiet, the phantom of a bird glares out from the wall: orange-beaked, its head floating in space, its body, round and stout, is still…

By Emily Fedor and Miranda Materazzo Local marine life education and conservation are major focuses of the Sciencenter’s recently launched a $3.8 million capital campaign: Curious. Confident. Inspired. The fundraising effort  will allow the Sciencenter to create new exhibits as well as re-envision current attractions just as it has done with the tide pool touch tank. “We’re reimagining all of the exhibits and programs throughout the museum,” said Amy Gaulke, the Sciencenter’s public and media relations manager. “This is one of the first major changes to come.” The newly renovated touch tank officially opened to the public on August 7.…

By Taylor Rescignano & Ian Stone Students from universities across the Northeast gathered to take part in the second annual BigRed//Hacks hackathon at Cornell University, working nonstop from 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 to 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20. About 360 students competed for a variety of prizes donated by sponsors, including gift cards, swag bags and company credit. The hackathon has been more than just a competition. It also served as a way for students to promote their work and interact with potential and prospective employers. “These are great networking events,” said co-organizer Junia George, who is…

By Erica Dischino and Ciara Lucas Cornell University Associate Professor Kathie Hodge in the School of Integrative Plants Science  presented different fungi found in food and how to prevent future mold growth at the Science Cabaret on Sept. 15, held in downtown restaurant Coltivare. Science Cabaret, inspired by the European “Cafe Scientifique” movement in the 1990s, hosts informal presentations about various scientific topics. The gatherings are used to simplify and spread awareness of scientific research or processes that might not necessarily reach the public. “Science Cabaret is kind of a challenge to take fairly technical information and make it lively…

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