1,200 Catholic School Seventh Graders Descend Upon
Adventureland for Technology Day on Oct. 16/17
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 11, 2013 – On October 16 and 17, approximately 1,200 seventh-grade students from 32 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre will participate in the sixth annual Technology Day at Adventureland amusement park 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 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese.
There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (04/13).