Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Lower School Journal Engineering Project

Each year, 5th grade students create their own journals to take to outdoor school. This year, the 5th grade team used the resources in the BCI to engineer them.  Using a design brief to scaffold the design thinking process, students planned and designed original journals.  Some students chose to use the laser cutter to imprint designs on the front.  

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Early Innovators Program at SAP

The SAP early Innovators Program is a joint pilot project between the software giant SAP and GA.  Thirty students middlea nd upper school students spent the day at SAP North American Headquarters in Newtown Square where they had the opportunity to practice Design Thinking and entrepreneurship by working with SAP's Value Assurance and Social Selling professionals to solve challenges related to leveraging social networks for engagement and branding. Charrele Robinson-Brown a GA parent and SAP's Director of the Innovation Team  - Global Marketing, Experiential Marketing & Strategic Programs has been working for over a year to bring the program to fruition. In addition to three work sessions designed around team building, design thinking, and business challenges, the students teams met to decide how to spend the $5000 gift SAP made to the school.  The professionals at SAP were so impressed with our students comportment, creativity, and business savvy, that Ms Brown remarked, "I would hire any one of these students.  They are just amazing.  And I can see SAP adopting many of their ideas."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The New Community Project Partners with Lower School PE Classes

Students in the upper school New Community Project class partnered with the lower school PE classes recently as part of their field work for their 2016-17 work with Community Partnership School.  One of the research and design opportunities for students is to build recess opportunities for children in an urban setting with limited space. Working with the lower school gave students the opportunity to understand the role of play, the need for recess, and child agency.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

GA Engineering Students Take Award at Widner University MouseTrap Competition

Once again, GA engineering students performed well at Widener University Mouse Trap Competition. Of seventy seven teams in competition only seven remain as finalists after the first two runs. GA's team, led by engineering teacher Diane Goldstein took fourth overall in the competition.  Pictures with her are GA students Luke Dion '17, Ronald Mersky of Widener University who is the Director of Engineering Outreach, Ed Wiernicki '17, and Michael Peters '17.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Venerable Losang Samten: Mandala of Compassion

Losang is a teacher, artist and author. Originally from Tibet, he traveled to the US in 1988 under the direction of the Dalai Lama and has spent the last 25 + years  traveling extensively, sharing his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, as well as his skill in Tibetan ritual arts. He worked for one week in the McVeigh Community room last spring term on a sand Mandala of Compassion speaking to and working with students from PK-12, parents, and teachers.