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Logan Sasse, a 10th grade student at Irvington High School, enjoys refurbishing computers and other electronics. He is also handy and likes to construct things. Meanwhile, Ms. Mangialardi, a classroom teaching assistant, enjoys meditative drawing and arts and crafts.
Ms. Mangialardi and Logan were talking one day, and she expressed that she has always had an interest in kinetic art. The two decided to use their lunch breaks to make something kid-friendly that could be hung on a wall.
Ms. Mangialardi had creative ideas for the art aspect of the collaboration, but did not know how to execute the electrical portion of the kinetic art project. Logan assured her that he was good at that. He gathered some materials from the art room and other spare parts from a neighborhood recycling center to help create this masterpiece entitled, “Time Flies”.
This piece has a host of interactive features, including two lights that turn on and off, a sun and a moon that rotate, and a propeller and wheels that spin, all at the press of a button. It also features a horn that beeps when a knob is turned.
The two are so proud of their first joint effort that they plan to collaborate on another kinetic art project, possibly a Jack-in-the-Box.