Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Flying time

Ben is back in the air with his instructor Don Turrell at North Central Flight Center. It was a nice November day with a lot of wind but beautiful sunshine.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


A trebuchet that Pappa and I made. Test firing and video taped in slow motion - 240 frames per second and then slowed down more in After Effects. This is for a science/physics project for High School - I am starting in a week or so.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Science Fair Best of Fair

The ribbon behind Ben says Best In Fair
Even though Ben has received a Blue Ribbon every time he has entered the Science Fair, this year he was one of ten who got Best In Fair recognition. Well done Benjamin! His project was Airfoil Design as you can see in the picture below. Ben created three different wing designs and tested them in a homemade wind tunnel.

Ben's airfoil display
And then he also won a Broadband Award which gets him entrance into another competition - a national competition this time - where the winner gets a free week visit and tour of silicon valley. Keep up the good work Ben, hopefully you will be heading west sometime soon. . .

Ben and his Broadband Award

Student Poster Contest

Ben Gets First Place
Megan got a great letter today:

Dear Megan,
On behalf of the RI Office of Energy Resources, I would like to first congratulate your son on his 1st Place Award in the Student Poster Contest , and thank you for attending the awards ceremony. I have attached the photo of the 6-8 winners on stage from the awards ceremony. Congratulations and enjoy!

Rebecca Zahora

and that is Ben's good friend Isabel who took second place-- must be some good programs at Sacred Heart School to get 2 out of the 3 top spots in the state.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Woonsocket to Watch Hill

Ben and Pappa take a bike ride the full length of Rhode Island. From Woonsocket in the Northeastern corner of the state to Watch Hill in the Southwestern corner. It was a long day. We started in Woonsocket at 9 AM and ended up at the waters edge in Watch Hill at 5 PM.  And we had hills, lots of hills and while Pappa was struggling pulling his weight up the hill, Benny was cruising along behind, whistling. We had a beautiful day for the most part, with a quick rain shower in the middle and a lot of wind in our face at the end, and somewhere around the 38 mile mark we had a great chicken dinner at the Middle of Nowhere Diner, and we both would recommend this place to eat. A special thanks goes to Nana who drove us up to Woonsocket and picked us in in Watch Hill.  Here is a link to the stats and a map of our ride. Ignore the last couple of miles - forgot to turn off my app and it ran for 2 miles in the car…

Some Statistics
Oct 18, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
ride time               5:35:56
stopped time         2:42:59
distance               66.07 miles
average speed      12.30 mph
fastest speed         35.5 mph
ascent                  3029
descent                3182
calories                 5833