In Upper School PE kids aren't only playing games, they are making them. Using the Design Thinking process, Ginny Hofman's PE class took a look at how games get started and why and how they evolve. Students worked alone or in teams to craft their c=games including rules of play and how to teach it. After playing the game, the students were able to Iterate new possibilities for play. Hofman reports, "It was amazing! You could see the iteration process unfold as the games were playing - rules changed, as did scoring, and the play of the game itself. Creative play!"
Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Upper school students under the direction of science teachers Jamie Anderson and Lisa Martin developed engineering curriculum for lower school students as part of their Kids Teaching Kids initiatives, a special teaching/learning opportunity where GA upper school students partner with kindergarten students to explore science. For their first activity this year, the students collaborated to make Pocket Flashlights designed to explore basic circuitry. Next up are kaleidoscopes!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Widener Mousetrap Competition
GA's new Upper school honors class in Engineering participated in the 30th annual Widener Mouse Trap Competition, where hundreds of high school students
from throughout the mid-Atlantic region compete to build a mousetrap-powered device.
Student teams are provided a design problem, a set of specifications and encouraged
to learn and develop their skills of planning, design, and implementation — all while
working in a team environment, as do practicing engineers. Sponsored by Victor -a leader in rodent control solutions - where participants used Victor brand wooden
mouse snap traps in order to create mouse trap-powered devices at the event. So how did GA's team do? We placed 6th out of nearly 100 teams.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Eighth grade student Jack Ruane found an unusual way to connect with his history curriculum - a year long study of major contemporary world events. With topics like ISIS, Russia and the Ukraine, The NSA, Merkel and the European Union, and Drone Technology in the Military, students are encourage to explore individual and authentic ways to engage with the to the material. Jack's interest led him to learn how to work with consumer grade drone technology as a way to understand military usage, reporting, "Showing how drones work instead of just reading about it helped me to understand the it more."
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Jarrett Anderson, one of the faculty participating in the detox reports, "The detox allowed us use of technology for reasons related to our jobs as faculty and students of GA, and many discussed the difficulty in finding where those professional obligations start and stop. We also talked about how technology has become such a reflex, that we didn't even notice when we'd starting checking e-mail for personal reasons. Technology's massive presence in our lives, and the power of habits!"
Faculty and students plan on continuing the conversations around the use of devices, mindfulness about habits, and other issues related to our daily use of technology.