STEM Activities




posted Oct 21, 2017, 6:31 AM by Stephen Lombardo   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

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The McKinley Lego Lions are set to begin their second season in the First Lego League. This year's competition is themed "Hydro-Dynamics". The First Lego League is an opportunity for students to solve real world issues that impact the environment. In this year's competition, we will work to solve problems in the Human Water Cycle.

The task is broken into two categories:

1) Research and Development: Students will research an issue with the human water cycle, design, and communicate a solution.

2) Robotic Challenges: Students will create a simulated course using Lego Robotics EV3 Mindstorms Technology and compete at an event in the Spring (Date TBD).

This exciting opportunity gives students a chance to work with the Engineering Design Process, collaborate with others, and develop 21st Century skills for careers in technology.

If your child is interested in joining, please see Mr. Lombardo in room 130.


Create your own APP in the Congressional APP Challenge!

posted Sep 29, 2017, 2:30 AM by Stephen Lombardo

Take a look at the flier below!!  If you are a great coder and are interested in applying, see Mr. Lombardo in room 130.

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posted Jun 12, 2017, 3:52 AM by Joanna Gillen

The Lego Lions Lead the Way at The District 20 STEAM Expo!

posted Apr 7, 2017, 5:50 AM by Stephen Lombardo   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 5:54 AM ]

The Lego Lions Lead the Way at The District 20 STEAM Expo!

The Lego Lions (left to right) Adin Beskovic, Adam Mekhalfa, Tyler Wong, Yezen Braick, David Chen Ma, Delilah Kitsakos, Nafessa Mahmood, Chloe Lin, Muskan Babar, Mr. Lombardo (Coach) Brenden Ngai, Wei Qi Lian

April 5, 2017: The McKinley Lego Lions participated in the first District 20 STEAM Expo.  William McKinley I.S. 259 presented their “Lego Robotics Animal Allies” exhibit to the hundreds of people who attended the event.  In the development of this project, the team learned about coding, building, collaboration, and teamwork.  The group worked tirelessly over the past six months to research and design ways to support the improvement of animal and human interactions.  

This program focused on teaching the Engineering Design Process to give students the opportunity to create and utilize Robotics that solve real-world issues.  We are very proud of all the hard work and dedication to this cause that they showed, and hope that it has inspired others to do the same.  


Summer School: STEM Programs

posted Mar 15, 2017, 11:40 AM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

Summer in the City is your child's chance to take part in exciting summer learning. Students who participate in the New York City Department of Education's summer enrichment have access to:

  • New curriculum
  • College-level and STEM-oriented programming
  • Sports activities
  • Educational visits to museums, zoos, parks, and libraries

These programs are not just fun, they teach students academic and life skills that will help them succeed in the next school year and beyond.

All of the programs listed on this page are open to students who are not recommended for summer school. Please consider applying for a summer learning opportunity to provide your child with an engaging summer experience and important instruction to prevent summer learning loss. See below for application deadlines and other details:

STEM: The study of science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) teaches children how to think critically and solve problems, skills that prepare them for 21st-century jobs. There are two summer STEM programs to choose from:

  • STEM Summer in the City

This five-week program offers students in grades 2-10 fun, creative hands-on learning opportunities. Topics include coding, game design, inventing with robotics and solving real-world problems with the engineering design process. The program also includes arts and physical education, and trips to museums and cultural institutions. For more information, visit or email

  • STEM Matters NYC

STEM Matters NYC programs engage students in grades pre-K-12 in authentic STEM-based experiential learning, featuring week-long camps, high school internships, and a four-week college credit-bearing course. Programs are offered at the DOE's Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education, as well as at cultural institutions across the city. Programs range in focus from aerospace to animal science, and oceanography to ecology. For more information, visit or email

Apply Now for Exciting Science and STEM Enrichment Programs During Spring Break

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:44 AM by Joanna Gillen

Students can apply now to attend exciting science and STEM enrichment programs being offered during spring break at the NYC Department of Education’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo, and Staten Island Zoo. Meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real life, hands-on learning experiences. Preference will be given to students who attend Title I schools. Click here for more information and here to apply.

STEM Initiatives: The First Lego League,

posted Jan 12, 2017, 12:47 PM by Joanna Gillen   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 3:18 PM by Stephen Lombardo ]

Check out our students working hard constructing Lego Robotics for the First Lego League Challenge: Animal Allies. Researchers and Builders work together as a team to solve issues related to human-animal interactions.

In this club, students are given the opportunity to research, create, and refine robotic structures that are used to help interactions between humans and animals. This program focuses on teaching the Engineering Design Process as a means to give students the opportunity to create robotics that solve real-world issues. This club is held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afterschool. Please see Mr. Lombardo for more information.

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