Fourteen teams from W.T. Clarke Middle School will be submitting their projects to this year’s Christopher Columbus Science Competition.
The competition invites middle school students to identify a community issue, conduct research and propose a solution. Team Traffic Sign Police - which includes students Julian Taveras, Daniel Hong, Anthony Gianni and Faraj Siddique – are proposing an electronic method for motorists to report blocked street signs.
“We want to be among the first to address this problem,” one team member said during the team’s recent presentation for Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, who visited the school.
Their research included taking photos of blocked signs, surveying local adults to see if they thought this was an issue and researching municipalities which offer this service on their websites.
Additionally, the team proposed to incorporate a form they created for its website. They even suggested placement on the current Highway Department page.
“I was very impressed by the research they did and their thought-provoking proposal,” Supervisor Murray said. “I think you have an excellent chance with the Christopher Columbus Science Competition.”
Supervisor Murray said the township is always looking for ways to improve its website and the services offered on it.
“You’ve convinced me,” she said, noting she would work towards implementing this on the town website. “We depend on residents to call in and report issues.”
Principal Stacy Breslin said she was “proud of the work that they have done throughout the course of the year to get this far,” as well as “their investment in the community.”