SUNY Maritime College Hosts First Ever Stem Day

SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck is hosting its first-ever STEM Day for students in grades 7-12 on April 7. All activities are free, and students and families have the additional option of taking tours of campus and the college’s 565-foot training ship, Empire State VI- and even have lunch on the mess deck!

There will be stations – taught by Maritime faculty and staff – about:

  • Reintroducing oysters to the New York Harbor
  • Testing water quality
  • Creating 3D-printed robots
  • Electric circuits
  • Physics of how tuboats are propelled through the water (using our immersive tugboat simulator)
  • And more

More information:

Activities for Grades 7 – 9

  • AYE, AYE CAPTAIN!

Walk in and take the helm of a tugboat in our immersive, interactive Bouchard Transportation Tug and Barge Simulation Center. Steer your tugboat through the East River, and learn to calculate how water changes the way propellors move boats through the water.

Instructor: Jim Rogin, department of professional education and training

  • WHAT’S IN MY WATER?

Have you ever wondered how much lead is in your water? Bring a sample from home or your school water fountain and find out! Students will be testing water samples for common contaminants.

Instructor: Dr. Caterina Panzeca, vice chair of the marine environmental science program

  • FUN WITH NUMBERS

Discover the fun in math calculations. Learn to work with binary numbers, explore the math behind pineapples and flower petals with Fibonacci, and quiz someone else on an expression that you will create.

Instructors: Audrey Gillant, senior math lecturer and Maranda Miller, Learning Center coordinator

  • MARINE SCIENCE: BILLIONS OF OYSTERS, MARINE LIFE AND EAST RIVER WATER QUALITY

Dig in up to your elbows and learn how oysters are bringing life back into the New York Harbor. In this hands-on session, students will explore Maritime College’s oyster restoration stations, measure oyster growth, identify East River marine life and test water quality. The stations are part of the ongoing Billion Oyster Project’s restoration efforts to bring oysters back and improve the water and habitat quality in the harbor.

Instructors: Rob Crafa, Waterfront director, Alicia Martorella, assistant director of the Waterfront

  • EXCELLENT EXCEL

Math and data are more than sequences of numbers. They can tell a story, win an argument or reveal undiscovered information. Learn how to make numbers come to life using Microsoft Excel from someone who uses it every day to help the college operate and manage its resources. And yes, this can help you with your math homework!

Instructor: Adria DeFalco, SUNY Maritime chief business officer

  • POWER PUZZLES

A ship’s engine does more than move it through the water – it provides heat, light, refrigeration and plumbing on board. Its controls, valves and pipes come together to form a giant tangram, or puzzle. Put the puzzle together in our immersive engine room simulator to discover how ships create and provide power to all onboard.

Instructor: Aime Carter, engineering lecturer

Activities for Grades 10 – 12

  • AYE, AYE CAPTAIN!

Walk in and take the helm of a tugboat in our immersive, interactive Bouchard Transportation Tug and Barge Simulation Center. Steer your tugboat through the East River, and learn to calculate how water changes the way propellors move boats through the water.

Instructor: Jim Rogin, department of professional education and training

  • PRINT A ROBOT

Create your own robot using a computer-aided design program, then watch it come to life with a 3-D printer.

Instructor: Dr. Bob Kidd, mechanical engineering professor

  • WHAT’S IN MY WATER?

Have you ever wondered how much lead is in your water? Bring a sample from home or your school water fountain and find out! Students will be testing water samples for common contaminants.

Instructor: Dr. Caterina Panzeca, vice chair of the marine environmental science program

  • HARNESS ELECTRIC CIRCUITRY

Assemble, wire and run a small motor using a simple electronic circuit. Students will learn how the small motors found in items like printers and toys work.

Instructor: Dr. Sina Zarrabian, assistant professor of engineering

  • FUN WITH NUMBERS

Discover the fun in math calculations. Learn to work with binary numbers, explore the math behind pineapples and flower petals with Fibonacci, and quiz someone else on an expression that you will create.

Instructors: Audrey Gillant, senior math lecturer and Maranda Miller, Learning Center coordinator

  • MARINE SCIENCE: BILLIONS OF OYSTERS, MARINE LIFE AND EAST RIVER WATER QUALITY

Dig in up to your elbows and learn how oysters are bringing life back into the New York Harbor. In this hands-on session, students will explore Maritime College’s oyster restoration stations, measure oyster growth, identify East River marine life and test water quality. The stations are part of the ongoing Billion Oyster Project’s restoration efforts to bring oysters back and improve the water and habitat quality in the harbor.

Instructors: Alicia, Rob

  • EXCELLENT EXCEL

Math and data are more than sequences of numbers. They can tell a story, win an argument or reveal undiscovered information. Make numbers come to life using Microsoft Excel, learning from someone who uses it every day to keep the college running. Yes, this can help you with your math homework!

Instructor: Adria DeFalco, SUNY Maritime chief business officer

  • POWER PUZZLES

A ship’s engine does more than move it through the water – it provides heat, light, refrigeration and plumbing on board. Its controls, valves and pipes come together to form a giant tangram, or puzzle. Put the puzzle together in our immersive engine room simulator to discover how ships create and provide power to all onboard.

Instructor: Aime Carter, engineering lecturer

Optional Activities for All Ages

Visitors are welcome to spend extra time on campus, exploring what else we have to offer. These activities will begin at 12:30.

  • EXPLORE CAMPUS

Explore SUNY Maritime College’s campus and programs with a tour from the Office of Admissions.

Tours leave every half hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. The tour takes about an hour.

  • TOUR THE EMPIRE STATE VI

The college Training Ship Empire State VI is a vital part of the education of many Maritime students. It’s where they gain the hands-on experience and training that sets the college apart.

Tours leave every half hour beginning at 12:30. The tour takes approximately an hour.

  • EAT ON THE MESS DECK

Eat lunch in the Mess Deck, the main campus dining hall.
Price: $11 a person (cash only)

There is more information available here: http://www.sunymaritime.edu/stem-day

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