The Science of Human Diversity (Cultural and Physical Anthropology):
Do you ever wonder why people act differently and look different all over the world? There is actually a field of academia dedicated to explaining human diversity. Anthropology is the comprehensive study of humankind. In this seminar we will survey two main fields of anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Physical Anthropology. First, we will learn about some of the evolutionary and genetic science behind physical human diversity. We will then hone our reading skills and get acclimated to reading and understanding social science texts. Due to anthropology’s complicated political history, we’ll also investigate different ways the science of anthropology has either contributed to or fought against racist and genocidal historical events.
The goal of this course is to begin/continue developing reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. The course stresses communication using both formal and informal Arabic. Language and culture are inseparably linked in this seminar, and we will use some class time to unpack Arab culture and talk about our language skills. Language workshop time is another essential component of the seminar, completing short activities and getting immediate feedback from the instructor and peers. We will devote other in-class time to communicating in the language itself, activating new vocabulary, and receiving immediate feedback on language skills daily.
Shouts from Tomorrow: Science Fiction Short Stories:
Science Fiction has been a driving force in literature since writing began, and many of the most important movies (like Stars Wars) and television series (like Star Trek) have revolved around space, time, and who we, as a human race, will be in the future. This seminar will focus on some of the most important short stories in Science Fiction history, from the pulp fiction of the 50s to the current stories’ focus on the environment, diversity, and the way technology changes us.
Build Your Own World: Writing Fiction:
This seminar will work through a writer’s workshop model with plenty of time to write/consult, as well a myriad of mini-lessons/activities around plot, character, structure, etc., to get you on the path of writing like a pro. We’ll use the workshop model, in which you will spend most of your time writing after short mini-lessons. We’ll conference with our peers and teacher daily, and we’ll share out what we’re doing well on Fridays in particular. Come ready to write!
Data, Design, and Coding through the SMART Floor:
Work with Scanalytics and Northwestern Mutual to design long term projects using the SMART floor. Students will work on basic coding and advanced coding if they already have coding skills. Students will work on concepts of using Big Data in companies and future careers. Students will be designing projects to support the use of the SMART floor and future seminars.
Over the last half-century, the investments into NASA have created countless benefits for mankind. In this seminar, the Pathways Aeronautics and Space Administration will develop unique rocket designs and repeatedly test them, finishing with a collaborative team competition for rockets. Students will develop their rockets and test them according to strict scientific strictures, with all students beginning with a similar structure then changing one feature of their rocket at a time. Each rocket flight will be analyzed and judged based on its time aloft, distance traveled, and height achieved.
The Experiment of Life:
In this seminar, investigate how organisms grow and develop, what factors impact the growth and development of plants, and how we can impact the natural world around us for good or ill. What does it take to grow food, to protect our natural ecosystems, and to reclaim those ecosystems from disaster? By investigating a series of structured experiments, students will begin to answer that question. We will grow plants, mushrooms, butterflies, and more, tracking their growth under a series of different student-chosen conditions.
Physical Education and Wellness:
Physical Education and Wellness emphasizes acquiring knowledge and skills regarding lifetime nutrition, health, and physical fitness; content will include related topics such as nutrition, healthy eating, and exercise. A portion of the learning will include students watching and studying documentaries that assess the current average American’s diet and the impact that the food that we eat has on both ourselves and the environment.
Students will develop and implement a personal nutrition and fitness plan, log their progress, and monitor goal achievement. Regardless of their fitness level, students in this class are expected to participate in all exercise activities (long distance runs, sprint training, strength training, agility training.)
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your Garden Grow?:
This seminar will address how you can beautify our outdoor spaces by creating edible gardens, controlling weeds and more. We will investigate topics in science that relate to gardening ecology, biology, and chemistry while implementing designs in the courtyard and our green space outside the front door. We will start by learning about garden design concepts for vegetable gardens and color design with flower gardens that are appropriate for each space while integrating science topics such as pollination, soil health, plant health, weed control, perennials vs. annuals, invasive species and more. Students will design labs and inquiry based research project through growing vegetables. In addition, we will document the process of the plants growing through field journal drawing. There is a possibility we will build new tables for the courtyard.
Material Mash Up! Exploring Surrealism Through Assemblage:
Surrealism is beyond reality, bizarre, unusual, dream-like and limitless! Assemblage is a form of sculpture that is all about combining objects and materials in unique ways to tell a story or create an interesting statement. Artists have been exploring the surreal for decades to transform the things that exist only in our minds or dreams into a physical reality. We will study the surrealist assemblage art of Joseph Cornell and contemporary artist Catherine Nash in order to gain understanding and inspiration for our assemblage artworks!
Layer it Up! The Art of Collage:
Music, memories, friends, food...this seminar will provide you an opportunity to make art about your life! We will learn how to create collages by building up layers of information and imagery while you will be encouraged to bring in personal materials that you can incorporate into your work (photographs, magazines, concert tickets, sheet music, etc.). In this seminar, we will learn about Surrealism and compare the work of three master collage artists, Sammy Slabbinck, Ben Lewis Giles, and Rebeka Elizegi.
The Other Sides of History:
“History is written by the victor.” But what does that mean? In this class we’ll take a look at events throughout history such as Christopher Columbus exploring the “New World” to President Truman dropping the Atomic Bomb on Japan. In each of the units we will read about an event from both sides and then do a smaller writing activity to demonstrate knowledge of the standards. After covering Columbus and Japan, you will get the opportunity to tell the unsung story of a historical event of your choosing. Perhaps you want to tell the Arabic side of the Crusades? Or do you want to tell the British side of the Revolutionary War?
Viva la Revolucion!:
“...it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” At the heart of our very own Declaration of Independence is a line that epitomizes the power that the people have in their government. When the government abuses its power against its citizens they have not only the right, but a duty to end that government. In the fires of revolution regimes fall, countries get torn apart, and the world is changed. In this class we will learn about different revolutions in history. We’ll discover why the revolution took place, how it went down, and how they impacted the world. We’ll travel back to the Haitian Revolution that changed the world’s perception about slavery or how Lebanon almost destroyed itself. we will watch as the citizens of France turned to extreme violence to alter the balance of power in Europe. Or maybe you are on the verge of a personal revolution? In this class you’ll be able to decide if a country today is heading for a revolution, or tell the story of your own personal revolution.