Middle School students and faculty have enjoyed the opportunity for hands-on and in-depth study of various topics, from boat-building and creating Rube Goldberg machines, to film-making, drama, geocaching, and much more. See some highlights below; more to come after spring break! You can also go to the Middle School Immersion Week Group in Vidigami (under Academics) to view more photos from the week--and click here to see a video from one of the Rube Goldberg building groups.
By Kristin McCarthy
It turned out to be a great week to be outdoors, and the Outdoor Adventures workshop took full advantage of the sunny weather! Each of our four groups rotated through a variety of activities that took us outside and through the trails surrounding our beautiful campus. We learned and practiced the principles of Leave No Trace, and we were able to put those principles into context as we ventured through the woods and sometimes off-trail to search for geocaches hidden throughout the area. After a quick lesson on identifying macroinvertebrates and looking for signs of a stream´s health, we trekked down to the creek and conducted some observations and data collecting. Finally, our field trip took us over to Lake Needwood, where students were able to use the geocaching app and their directional skills to locate various caches in a less-familiar area. Thanks to all participants for their enthusiasm in picking up and examining the critters and for hiking through the mud!
America's Next Top Model
By Aimee Farley
The summer reading for the Middle School was the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. During this workshop, students viewed the movie Hugo, participated in group discussions, and built simple machines out of corrugated cardboard, straws, and skewers. The objective for these activities was for students to use their knowledge, interests, and creative juices to create a "model" using a scene, picture, chapter, etc, from the book/movie. The students definitely exceeded our expectations! We have models with intricate drawings, moving parts, paintings, and scale models with perspective. We are excited to see the FINAL products!!
Click here for more photos from the week!