FlexFriday Covanta Tour

Our FlexFriday tour for Friday, October 7 was to the Covanta Union facility in Rahway, NJ.FlexFridays combine learning and community for special hands-on tours and lectures.

FlexSchool would like to thank Covanta – Rahway, NJ, Todd Frace, Chief Engineer and Brie Parker, Marketing Manager for a very fun and interesting FlexFriday learning experience.

We began our tour with a very informative presentation by Todd Frace, Chief Engineer. He explained the process our trash goes through to become electricity but first, we all learned about the safety gear we would need to tour the facility. With hards hats, safety vests, and goggles on we were ready to watch trash turn into energy.

All the collected waste begins the journey on the Tipping Floor. From here it travels to the ovens with advanced filtration to destroy the fumes. After this it is turned into electricity. We learned this facility processes 1500 tons of solid waste EACH DAY which creates enough electricity to power 30,000 homes! It is also environmentally friendly to turn waste into energy. According to the U.S. EPA, for every ton of municipal solid waste processed at Energy-from-Waste facilities, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by approximately one ton. This is due to the avoidance of methane from landfills, the offset of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production and the recovery of metals for recycling.


Watch the video below to get a sneak peek into our FlexFriday tour!


New York Comic Con

FlexSchool fanwood nj comic con special event

On a beautiful fall October day, we at FlexSchool boarded a train to NYC and encountered many TV and movie characters along the way: Indiana Jones, Dr. Who, and Heisenberg were just some…No, it wasn’t for Halloween, but rather for NY Comic Con when thousands of pop culture aficionados, some in full costume, descended upon the Javits Center. We found artists drawing fan artwork, handmade leather goods which inspired us to make our own, and even a ten-foot tall Hulkbuster*. Lego Master Builders worked on a life-size display that was reportedly going to take the full four days to construct. Holograms ephemerally appeared on mist. Doc and his DeLorean were attempting to hit 88mph. Graphic novels are becoming a recognized form of literacy and we have talented artists and writers among our students, so we encourage them in non-traditional ways. Comic book series often reference myths and literature, and I (as the English teacher) was pleased to see a Fahrenheit 451-themed interactive media one. Will we go again? Absolutely! And next year, we plan to have a FlexSchool group costume. Will we be characters from Harry Potter? Avatar? Divergent? Stay tuned to find out…

*For those of you not familiar with the Hulkbuster, please see news coverage of his appearance.

At FlexSchool, we understand that students learn from doing. This week, they enjoyed a day spent at #comiccon in NYC.

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