Colors: Blue Color

The entire MTA yeshivah celebrated Lag BaOmer with an incredible day of sports and activities at Camp Merockdim! From softball, basketball, hockey, and soccer to volleyball, flag football, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, karate, and crafts, there was truly something for everyone.

On Thursday, May 16, MTA Seniors who participated in the Names, Not Numbers program screened, “Names, Not Numbers: A Movie in the Making.” The film, by Michael Puro, followed the group of 45 Seniors as they interviewed seven Holocaust survivors and captured their stories. Now in its 13th year at MTA, the Names, Not Numbers program provides talmidim with the unique opportunity to own the project from beginning to end. Talmidim were involved in the entire process of documenting the survivors’ Holocaust experiences, including developing interview questions, filming the interviews, and editing the footage. They were also privileged to learn techniques from media experts, including award-winning investigative reporter Jonah Kaplan of ABC-11 Eyewitness News.

To learn more about how the respiratory system works, BYQ’s fourth graders simulated a lung. Inside a bottle, the lung was a balloon, the trachea was a straw, and the diaphragm muscle was a cut balloon. When Mrs. Schochet’s students pulled down on the “muscle,” the “lung” expanded and filled with air! When the muscle was released or pressed up, the air went out of the balloon, and the “lung” deflated.

HaRav Yitzchok Kolodetsky, the son-in-law of the Sar HaTorah, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, and Rosh Kollel of Kollel Derech Emunah, visited Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe during his trip to the Queens community. Upon arrival at the Yeshiva, the Rav was greeted by boys in grades K-5 lining the hallways. As the Rav walked through the halls, he gave all of the boys the brachah given to Yaakov Avinu of HaMal’ach HaGo’eil.

On Monday, May 20, the Bnos Malka Academy hosted their annual Michael & Irina Kimyagarov Math Tournament for grades 7 and 8. The girls competed individually and as teams, solving complex math problems. After each round, the girls had an opportunity to share their responses and solve some of the work together, with the facilitator, Mrs. Irina Kimyagarov. All schools went home with trophies, celebrating their successes. Congratulations to all of the girls on a job well done! 

The Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens eighth grade STEM class added art to their study of circuits and robotics to create their first STEAM project, artbots. Students worked in pairs to design a working robot that moves independently while drawing its own “work of art.” They successfully built a circuit within the robot body by assembling and connecting a battery pack to a small motor. They discussed the Law of Conservation of Energy and how energy can be converted from one form to another. The battery contains chemical energy, which is then converted to electric energy used to power the motor, a form of mechanical energy. After the electricity was in place, the girls used their talents to make the robots their own.

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