The Robot Project is Underway

This week, Art students from Clarkstown High School North have been collaborating with students from Bardonia Elementary and Valley Cottage Elementary around the topic of Robots.

North students guided their younger peers in thinking about the form and functions of robots.  As students worked together they discussed details ranging from materials the robots would be made of to emotions they might emulate.

Preliminary drawings were made by the elementary school students.









Art teachers Nancy Diamond (CHSN), Jen Bini (Bardonia Elementary) and Frank Millilo (Valley Cottage Elementary) will continue to work behind the scenes to assist students through the next phases of this collaboration.

During the next phase of the project the high school students will use the drawings from their elementary school  partner to create their interpretation of the robot.

In March the students will collaborate again, this time via Google Hangouts and Google Classroom, to discuss how the interpretations by the high school students are going.

Highlights from this project will be on view at the CCSD Technology Showcase on Thursday, March 2.

The final phase of this project will be an exhibit of works from both the elementary and high school students at the Chestnut Grove Offices this summer.

Special thanks to CHSN senior Stephen Campanella for his enthusiasm and drive in pursuing this project!

Stay tuned!

Physics Photo Contest

Thanks to the Physics department for bringing back the Physics Photo Contest!

Physics students demonstrated their understanding of Physics concepts in one of three categories: contrived, natural or multiples.  Students worked in teams to create a visually interesting photograph as well as a description of the physics concept being demonstrated. Photos were then shared with the photography students for peer assessment. Below are some of the favorites. Job well done everybody!

color hair


water pressure



Google Expeditions in the Art Classes

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This week, the CHSN Art Department had the opportunity to take several virtual trips using Google cardboard on loan from Google.  60 Studio Media students had the opportunity to explore the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright by visiting the Guggenheim Museum while 70 Advanced Photography students scouted locations for shoots in 5 Pointz Queens and National Parks.  Students were awed by the experience of visiting these locations in a 3D viewer.

Visualizations inspired mathematical and scientific principles

Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci spiral: an approximation of thegolden spiral created by drawing circular arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in theFibonacci tiling; this one uses squares of sizes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34.








the tangent line (or simply tangent) to a plane curve at a given point is the straight line that “just touches” the curve at that point.







Parallel Lines

parallel lines are lines in a plane which do not meet; that is, two lines in a plane that do not intersect or touch each other at any point are said to be parallel.


Hour of Code in the Art Department

During the week of December 7-13, Mrs. McNally and her Studio Art class participated in the national Hour of Code initiative.  Students learned the basics of the block coding method, including how to great shapes such as squares, parallelograms and circles, as well as how to organize lines of code in loops and repeats to great more animated complex designs.

Elsa skates a circular snowflake


Have you ever wondered what glaze is made from?

Each year, Ceramics students marvel at the evolution of the appearance of glaze from the bottle to what it looks like after it has been fired in the kiln.

In November, Ms. Dunn and her students investigated the chemical make-up of glazes to uncover the science behind the process.  With the help of Chemistry teacher Ms. McCarthy, students made connections between the common components of glazes (fluxes, colorants, oxides, stabilizers, opacifiers and glass formers) and the periodic table.

Below is a visualization of this research:

period table for glazes