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The Lion's Tale

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Yedidya Milner-Gillers: STEM savant

Milner-Gillers and his dad met with a watch store owner who was interested in one of Milner-Gillers’ watch designs. Used with permission from Milner-Gillers.

When walking in the halls of CESJDS, one might notice someone gliding around in freeskates (a skateboard split in half with two in-line wheels on each board), or controlling a flying drone. This free spirited student is none other than junior Yedidya Milner-Gillers, an avid inventor and STEM enthusiast.

Milner-Gillers found his passion for STEM at a young age. It was specifically sparked when he moved into a new house and built the “downenator,” a vehicle made out of cardboard boxes which he would use to go down the steps.

According to Milner Gillers’ mom, Rachel Milner, Milner-Gillers first found his inspiration for building things by seeing different gadgets and inventions on TV shows.

“He loved to take things apart,” Milner said. “In the beginning, we thought it was just destructive, but actually we came to understand that he loved looking at all the parts and he loved taking the parts and putting them together to make different things.”

Ever since this first invention, Milner-Gillers has loved to tinker and has found a special fascination in building and flying drones. He discovered this fascination through his grandfather, an engineering professor who bought Milner-Gillers different tools and parts so that he could start building drones himself.

Through the end of freshman year and early sophomore year, Milner-Gillers spent his time building a drone from scratch. He even participated in a drone building program “Next Step” in Israel during the summer following his sophomore year.

“I love the mechanical aspect of it [engineering], creating things and seeing how they work,” Milner-Gillers said.

Aside from seeing him flying and building drones, you can often find Milner Gillers staring at his computer screen, looking at endless designs of watches, searching for inspiration for watches to 3D print.

“I love the mechanical aspect of it [engineering], creating things and seeing how they work.”

— Yedidya Milner-Gillers

rdboard boxes which he would use to go down the steps.

He loves to use the 3D printer at school to design and print anything imaginable. His inventions range from his friend’s heads on octopuses to a book stand for his Talmud. Milner-Gillers’ most recent project connects both his love for watches and 3D printing: a 3D printed clock that can tell the date (accounting for leap years) and also indicates praying times based on the sunrise and sunset.

“I love 3D printing everything and anything…” Milner-Gillers said “I always want to learn and build things, and I’m taking 3D printing class right now so I can learn how to use better software and design things better.”

According to MilnerGillers, JDS’ STEM program has made a large impact in helping to foster and support his love for STEM. He has taken engineering courses at school, and is currently taking 3D printing. He also enjoys going to the Maker Space at school where he is supported by high school STEM teacher and Head of the Maker Space Rustom Meyer.

“The Maker Space is a space for students to come and build whatever it is that they are interested in building, and I try to support whoever shows up there with an idea,” Meyer said. “Yedidya knows a bit more about how to use some of the more advanced equipment in this space… he’s very creative and passionate about STEM.”

Milner-Gillers is unsure of what his future holds, but he knows that his engineering skills will be useful for any circumstance or situation.

“Even if I don’t go into engineering, like if I want to go into business or finance or real estate, I still want to be able to make things on my own,” Milner-Gillers said “Creating things, making things and tinkering, all things I love and want to continue to do for the rest of my life.”

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Cati Werbin-Gradel
Cati Werbin-Gradel, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Director of Social Media
Cati is excited to continue her work as A&E Editor as well as Social Media director. She is looking forward to continuing to write and edit articles as well as design creative spreads for print. She is also excited to upload engaging content to the Lion’s Tale social media accounts. Other than Lion’s Tale, Cati is involved in the Varsity Dance Team, Health and Wellness program, and President of the History club. She is looking forward to working with the rest of the Lion’s Tale staff and making it a great year.  

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