Vote for Flash!

Once again, this year, local schools were asked to name the baby falcons in the nest on top of the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Please take some time and vote for our Cottage Lane submission, Flash.  Please take some time in the next few days and go to the following web page and vote for Flash on the list on the left side of the screen:

The voting is open to anyone, so please encourage family and friends to participate as well!

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Robins in the Arctic

Cottage Lane classes have been following the adventures of Lamont scientist Natalie Boelman and her team as they work tagging American Robins in the boreal forest of northern Canada.  Check out her blog posts, here.  I will continue to update this post as more blog entries come in:

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The Eagles are Hatching!

You don’t see this every day: An Eagle egg is hatching live on a webcam for us all to see. The proud parents are a pair of nesting eagles in the National Arboretum in Washington DC. There are not one, but two cameras in place and you can watch the process here:

The mother is brooding the eggs, but moves around every so often to check on them. That’s when you can see the egg with the tiny bird cracking its way out. Here is a news story which explains more:

Have fun, and thanks to Barbara Salmon for sharing this with me.

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Okeanos Explorer

For those following the current expedition of the Okeanos Explorer, here is a link which you can use from home to continue watching live feed from the ship:

Have fun!

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Fifth Grade Video Unit

The fifth grade recently completed their video production unit in Technology Class.  Take a look at one of the many fine films created by our students.  This one is a silent film by Lilly, Emily and Dylan.


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SOCSD Maker Faire on March 16!!

On March 16th SOCSD will be hosting our 3rd Annual Maker Faire from 6:30-8:30 at the TZHS cafeteria. The Maker Faire is a wonderful opportunity for you to show a project that you have worked on either in school or at home using science, technology, engineering, art and math. If you are interesting in registering to present click here. If you can’t present please attend and see all the fantastic projects from our students K-12.

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Internet Safety 2016

Thanks to all who attended our Internet Safety Presentation on January 14th.  The entire presentation is available, here:  Internet Safetyy 2016.  For further information or questions, please email me at

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Climate Game Jam

We are an official site for a national event called the Climate Game Jam.  Check out for details.  Ours will be an online offering.  Students are encouraged to use Scratch ( ) to create climate themed online video games.  Students may use our Cottage Lane login to upload games to our site

Username:  cottagelane

Password:  Password1

All entries are due on October 4th.  There will be prizes for the best games and our building winner will be sent to the National Contest and may be included in a Smithsonian website!  Check out Mr. Tanenbaum’s example, below.  Click to take away as many cars as you can before the ice melts in the arctic.   Save the bear!!


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How Far Did We Travel?

Our experiment launched at 12:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, July 13th and returned to Earth on Saturday, October 25th at 3:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time.  For that entire time it traveled 4.7 miles per SECOND.  Can you calculate how many miles our experiment traveled in all of that time?  Post your answer in the space below.

The International Space Station: Photo Credit, NASA

The contest has been extended to Monday, November 10th at the start of school.  Certificates will be awarded to everyone who gets the answer correct to within a percent or two of the actual number.  Post your answers before Monday!

Did you figure it out?

Our experiment was in flight for 104 days, 2 hours and 47 minutes.  That is equal to 8,995,620 seconds.  At 4.7 miles per second, we traveled 42,279,414.  Congratulations to all who tried.  So many of you got an answer close to or equal to mine.  Great work!

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Leaving the ISS

Our experiment at the International Space Station was loaded on-board a Space-X Dragon capsule for return to Earth.  It left the station at 9:57 AM Eastern Time on October 25th, 2014.  Here is a video of our final moments as part of the ISS.  This shows the station’s robotic arm releasing our capsule and then separating as the capsule begins to slow down and return for splashdown later that day.




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