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Buzz Aldrin Middle School Hosts Innovation Faire

Monday, October 10, 2016

Nurses and technicians in lab coats clip a device on a student's finger to measure his vital signs.Vital Signs: Community representatives from HackensackUMC Mountainside tested guests' pulses before and after vigorous exercise

Buzz Aldrin Middle School hosted its third Innovation Faire on October 8, bringing together the community to explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Guests at the event were greeted by exhibitors at dozens of colorful tables chockablock with interactive exhibits, such as a complex Rube Goldberg device, kinetic art, a keyboard powered by bananas, knitted hyperbolic planes modeling coral reefs, a Rubik's cube solving robot, sophisticated 3D-printing machines, a massive electromagnetic hammer, 700-degree wood burning instruments and an opportunity to race a surgical robot to peel a grape.

The entire Buzz Aldrin Middle School community extends its heartfelt appreciation to the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Knitting Circle, Tech 101 Kids, HackensackUMC Mountainside, MakerDepot, Liberty Science Center, Buzz Aldrin Middle School teachers, students and parents, Montclair High School students and all of the guests who made this year's event the best on record.

Spinning wheels making patterns and a Rube Goldberg contraptionAbove left: Dizzy Art: Students discovered the fascinating patterns created when drawing on paper affixed to battery operated spinners. 
Above right: Domino Effect: MHS Stem Academy students demonstrated the making of a Rube Goldberg mechanism, a rather complicated and whimsical invention that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task.
 

Girls sit in front of their creations spread out on a tableReady to Wear: 3D-printed jewelry made in-house at Buzz Aldrin Middle School in support of support of STEM initiatives

Updated: 9/25/2017