Arctic research project grants, pancake breakfasts, jazz in NYC, and so many other fun learning experiences happening at our partner schools. Check out what kids have been up to — and don’t miss two (cool) parent lecture opportunities that are both FREE and open to the public!
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Park School‘s International Student-led Arctic Monitoring and Research (ISAMR) program was recently awarded a $156,000 grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NERSC) of Canada to support the program over the next three years. The ISAMR program is a coalition of students, teachers, and professional researchers working on a projected 30-year study of the subarctic climate. The unique extra-curricular program is an opportunity for students to travel to the edge of the Arctic Circle to conduct original scientific research. Twice a year, Park’s branch of ISAMR travels to Manitoba, Canada, with Kelvin High School and the Junior Canadian Rangers, both of Manitoba. In August, the trip focuses around permafrost and vegetation research to create a predictive model for the Active Layer Thickness, the layer of ground above the permafrost, which freezes and thaws annually. In October, the trip is centered around a less-invasive polar bear mark-and-recapture technique developed by Dr. Jane Waterman of University of Manitoba. The program was co-founded in 2007 by Park Upper School science teacher Julie Rogers. Additional funders include University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, Sustainable Development of Manitoba, and Johns Hopkins University.
Waldorf School of Baltimore students Ryleigh Poole (8th grade), Madeline Marsak (7th grade), and Ashley Passmore (6th grade) took home first place in Johns Hopkins’ annual Tower of Power competition. Team Waldorf’s tower measured 4 feet, 6.5 inches tall, besting a team of Johns Hopkins University undergraduates. Poole, Passmore, and Marsak celebrated their victory by gleefully stomping on their structure!
Gilman School’s US Jazz Band packed three days of music experiences into a day trip to New York City recently. They participated in a workshop at Lincoln Center, toured historic musical sights, and attended a performance of the NY Philharmonic as well as a sound check with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The workshop provided students the opportunity to work directly with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra members. The band played Bemsha Swing by Thelonious Monk and Symphony in Riffs by Benny Carter.
Upper Schoolers at St. Paul’s School shared their experiences of service learning trips with 4th graders. Lower School students will work in math class to help plan and budget a potential future service learning trip.
Some 35 McDonogh School students, spent 2,500 hours, over 45 days to create Wallace, the school’s robot that will compete this season in the FIRST Robotics Competitions. Watch Wallace come to life.