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Grant for Program That Helps Build B. R. I. D. G. E. S.

Sunnyside Students Participated Last Semester

The Salvadori Center B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (Build, Research, Invent, Design, Grow and Explore through Science) after-school program, which has been used at two Sunnyside schools this year, has received a $18,000 grant from Time Warner Cable.

Students from P.S. 199 in Sunnyside recently learned about the science behind bridges and constructed their own models through the Salvadori Center’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program, which recently received a grant from Time Warner Cable.

The 12-week science education program serving middle school-aged children has been utilized in over 25 community centers in New York City.

Students from P.S. 150 and P.S. 199 in Sunnyside recently completed a successful semester of the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program. This past spring, students investigated the different types of bridges and their function, while learning about the history of some of the world’s most prominent bridges.

Students also identified the struc- parts that make up a bridge and the forces that act upon them, analyzing how location, materials and technology affect the design.

“The Salvadori Center’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program is a great complement to Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds program as both bring alive the importance of STEM skills to students,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s regional vice president of operations for New York City. “B.R.I.D.G.E.S. is a great way for students to learn about the architectural wonders that we see and experience each day, and how STEM plays a central role. Time Warner Cable encourages students to pursue STEM skills as recent studies show that more than half of the fastest growing jobs in the future will be in the science or technology field.”

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. focuses on fun and engaging topics such as bridges, skyscrapers, green design and skateparks. The program allows students to explore architecture, structural engineering, science, and math while learning more about their own communities. For more information about the Salvadori Center and its programs, visit https://www.salvadori.org.

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