High School Robotics Team Gives Back to Community

Robotics team introduced two new programs that will allow students to work on developing STEM skills and practice engineering principles

Monday, October 21, 2019—Syracuse Academy of Science High School Robotics team hosted an outreach event on Monday, October 21st at The Palace Theater. During this event, Atoms shared their new initiative with the greater Syracuse community - FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).

FLL: This program is designed to support children (both young and old) that aims to introduce them to science and technology in a ‘sporty’ atmosphere.

FTC: This program is a team based competition that challenges those in 7th-12th grade to design, build and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Teams can have up to 15 members total.

Both the FLL and the FTC will be guided by adult coaches and mentors. Students will work on developing STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and working together as a team.

Middle School STEAM Club gets a little Slimey

Middle School Atoms get a little sticky when creating slime at the STEAM club

Tuesday, October 8, 2019—The Middle School STEAM club met for the first time and lets just say things got a bit sticky and slimey! Atoms put their creative and scientific brains to work as they combine glue, Borax, shaving cream and food coloring to create everyone's favorite, slime. This hands on experience allowed the students to understand both the chemical bonds to create this gooey, sticky, slime, as well as, perfecting the right color combination to create the most beautiful hues. The STEAM club discussed upcoming competitions they would like to participate in throughout the year. Stay tuned for more from the STEAM club and these awesome experiments and activities.

A Colorful, Artistic Merit Point Celebration

Middle school Atoms celebrate with a Paint Party for excelling in following school norms and improving their tier from Rookie to Pro

Friday, October 4, 2019—Every Atom is an artist! During our merit point celebration, Atoms were able to unleash their creativity and paint not only outside the lines but also off the canvas. With one of the objectives being to add as much color (or paint) to your coveralls as possible. I think the Atoms succeeded, but of course we'll let you be the judge of that. Students who were eligible to participate in this Paint Party had excelled in following the middle school's norms of respect, responsibility, safety and improve their tier from Rookie to Pro. Each student was given a disposable coverall outfit that zipped up with a hood, a cup of washable paint and a brush. Students chased one another in the parking lot while flinging or painting one another. An afternoon of laughter, celebration, and of course paint. To view more pictures of the Paint Party celebration, please visit our Facebook page.

Brandeis University Visits with High School Atoms

Admissions Counselor, Shaquan McDowell from Brandeis University shared with the High School Atoms academic and student life at the University

Thursday, October 3, 2019—Syracuse Academy of Science High School welcomed Admissions Counselor, Shaquan McDowell, from Brandeis University. Shaquan shared with the Atoms how this 235 acre private research University with a liberal arts focus, located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts could be a perfect fit. Students who are looking for a small class size, a handful of various clubs and activities, and are open to exploring new and challenging experience, look no further than Brandeis University. Thank you, Shaquan for visiting and sharing with our Atoms about the University.

Congressional Award Students Give Back to Community

Syracuse Academy of Science High School's Congressional Award students volunteer at the Samaritan Center

Saturday, October 5, 2019—It's quite an honor to have five of our Syracuse Academy of Science High School Students become participants in The Congressional Award for Community Service. The Atoms gave back to the greater Syracuse community by volunteering with the Samaritan Center - an interfaith effort of community members who are committed to serving the hungry and those in need in Central New York. Students roll up their sleeves to help with dish washing, and put on an apron (and hair net) to assist with meal prep and meal service. Great work Atoms, we are all so proud of you!

Second Grade Atoms are Awesome to the Core

Second grade Atoms visit Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard for a field trip

Tuesday, September 24, 2019—A crisp yet beautiful fall day, is perfect for a field trip to one of our beloved apple orchards in Central New York, Beak and Skiff. Second grade Atoms were eager to learn all about apples and get that 'insider scoop' from the apple experts themselves. Students learned about how the apple trees get pollinated by bees each summer, the life cycle of an apple tree through each season and a life lesson learned the hard way. For instance, did you know that 'slugs hide on the back of apples in the rain?!' Thank you, Beak and Skiff for a day that was hardcore fun!

Middle School Store, Above Average, is now Open

Middle school PBL students recently opened the school store, Above Average

Wednesday, October 9, 2019—Middle School PBL students are excited to announce the grand opening of the school store, Above Average. A one stop shop when it comes to all your school supply needs. The store will sell a variety of items including pencils, notebooks, earbuds and even squishies! Above Average will be open during 4th and 5th period. Please make sure to come by and check it out.

Atoms STEAM on to Victory at the MOST

High School Atoms competed in the MOST's CNY Steamboat Challenge where they took home not only 1st place but, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, as well

Saturday, October 19, 2019—Atoms competed in the MOST's CNY Steamboat Challenge, and did what our Atoms do best … they came to compete and WON! With over 60 teams participating from across Central New York, we are proud of our students for taking home not only 1st place, but 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, as well for the high school competition. Middle School and the Elementary school were not far behind with taking home 3rd and 4th place.

Participants were tasked to work in teams of up to here to build a steamboat out of recycled materials that runs on steam created by the heat of a tea candle. The boats raced on 3" of water in an inflatable raceway that measures 110" long by 6" wide. Participants were judged by the following criteria.

  • Speed of boat
  • Team's presentation to judges about how they built the boat and what they learned
  • Team's creativity and innovation in designing the boat


High School Competition

Congratulations to the following students

First Place: Benjamin Cameron

Second Place: Brianna King and Joseph Capra

Third Place: Ekrem Cetin

Fourth Place: Anthony Losurdo, Abdul Pady and Abdullah Cetin

8th grade students Malaysia Green and Maya Plaza won the 'Steamboat Competition.'


Middle School Competition

(Division I: 4th-6th grade. Division II: 7th-8th grade)

Third Place: Cesar Lazcano, Nasir Parks, and Ne’Reah Rivers

4th Place: Cece Goodyear and Erica Buck


Elementary School Competition

Team SAS Zero Sugar were thrilled to be competing in this year's competition. With weeks of boat construction, the team unfortunately didn't place, and are already thinking of new designs for next year.

Congratulations to all our Atoms who competed. We are so proud of you!

Atoms Take a 'Sick Day' on this Field Trip

First grade Atoms visited Crouse Hospital's Hospital Land on a field trip

Monday, October 7, 2019—Sometimes a hospital can seem like a very scary place. First grade Atoms take a 'sick day' and visit Crouse Hospital's Hospital Land to learn all about being admitted to the hospital, as well as, what it's like to be a patient. Students were able to try out some of the hospital's equipment such as the stretcher, wheel chair, crutches and hospital bed. Atoms soon discovered that the hospital was in fact not that scary of a place after all. To view more pictures please visit our Facebook page.

Slam Dunk Guest Speaker visits with the Atoms

Director of Athletics at Syracuse University, John Wildhack, speaks with the Elementary school Atoms

Monday, October 7, 2019—No spectators or benchwarmers here! Elementary Atoms welcome guest speaker, John Wildhack, Director of Athletics at Syracuse University. Mr. Wildhack shared with the students a day in the life for Syracuse Athletics, various sports programs on campus, his life experiences, and even his previous job position at ESPN. Atoms were full of questions on all things Orange! Thank you, Mr. Wildhack for taking the time out of your busy schedule and sharing with our students the wonderful world of collegiate athletics.


Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is part of Science Academies of New York.

SAS Elementary School

4837 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13205
Phone: 315-469-9404
Fax: 315-469-9408

SAS Middle School

200 West High Ter. Syracuse, NY 13219
Phone: 315-487-5986
Fax: 315-487-5824

SAS High School

1001 Park Ave. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-428-8997
Fax: 315-428-9109


1409 W Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-671-5470
Fax: 315-671-5475


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