For Immediate Release
12 October 2010
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 12, 2010 – On October 12 and 13, approximately 1,400 seventh-grade students from 34 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre will participate in the Fifth Annual Technology Day at Adventureland in Farmingdale.
When students arrive at the park, each will have in hand a workbook filled with learning activities connected to the 12 rides that will be operating that day. These activities will direct students to study the rides, observe engineering design principles such as structure, safety, accessibility, etc. and use problem-solving skills to complete the activities.
Unlike most family trips to Adventureland, students will be looking at the rides from an educational perspective as opposed to solely a recreational one. Do not be surprised to see students spread out among benches and tables with paper, pencils, calculators and stopwatches in hand.
The four-hour event at the park provides enough time to complete the workbook, have lunch and go on a few rides just for fun. The average time in the park is 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 61 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625