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1,400 Seventh-Graders from 35 Catholic Elementary Schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre to Descend upon Adventureland Amusement Park to Explore Engineering

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – October 5, 2015 – Approximately 1,400 seventh-grade students from 35 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre will participate in the Sixth Annual Technology Day at Adventureland in Farmingdale on Wednesday, the 14th, and Thursday, the 15th of October. Technology Day combines work and play by giving each attendee a workbook with STEM learning activities that are associated with a dozen rides on Adventureland’s 12 acre property. These activities direct students to study the rides and observe engineering design principles such as structure, safety, and accessibility. Participating students make notes on their observations and use problem-solving skills to complete workbook activities associated with each ride.

Technology Day, now entering its 15th year, was introduced by educator Joe Fili as an event that both public and Catholic school students could jointly participate in to help bring their classroom learning alive. Participating classes get a corresponding teacher’s workshop before the event covering all of the activities in the student workbook. The students are accompanied to the event by teachers and parent chaperones. The day includes transportation to and from the park, the student workbook, and a lunch coupon for lunch at the park.

SchoolIn these photos from Technology Day 2014 students are shown ’observing’ the characteristics of a ride (left) and sitting down as a group to complete the workbook questions about the ride’s structure, safety, operation and accessibility. (below) 








About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1,531,445 baptized Catholics (total population in the Diocese is approximately 3,504,737). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. The Diocese is blessed with 369 priests (221 incardinated, 88 externs, 60 religious), 771 religious women, 72 brothers and 275 deacons in ministry. In 2012, 15,211 infant baptisms, 830 minor baptisms and 417 people were received into Full Communion. In 2012, 16,722 First Holy Communions, 15,250 Confirmations, 2683 Catholic marriages and 520 interfaith marriages took place in the diocese. There are 17,797 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,655 students in Catholic high schools and 4,400 students in higher institutions. There are 47 Catholic elementary schools (43 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 Catholic high schools (3 Diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. We are a Diocese with over 11,000 catechists educating approximately 111,200 children in religious education each year. 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. (06/14).

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