Today marks the end of our final week of Summer Academy. We were thrilled to have had nearly 400 students taking summer classes in our synchronous learning environment. Our teachers have been relentless in their pursuit of an innovative learning experience no matter what the platform.
Check out these spotlights to see some of the fantastic things that our students have been learning and creating in their summer classrooms.
Students Build 3D Printers in Intro to Engineering
In Mr. Burick’s Intro to Engineering class, each student received their own Ender3 3D printer kit. In class, Mr. Burick setup a streaming system so that students could assemble their printers together in real time.
Then students practiced printing items of their choice. Some students are using their printers for their final project where they draw something in a 3D CAD program and then print their design. Mr. Burick shares, “The end goal is that students will have a way to produce a design that they engineered!“
Students Simulate 1919 Paris Peace Conference
This week “Intro to Historical Inquiry,” students created a simulation fo the the Paris Peace Conference. For this project, students were assigned to represent a historical figures including US President Woodrow Wilson, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Winston Churchill and the French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau.
Students become their character—they study the motivations and reasons behind that character’s actions. They analyze primary source documents from their character and use secondary source documents to give context for the decisions made at the Paris Peace Conference.
Our goal is that students will be able to identify and explain the connections between the two world wars from a variety of perspectives, and ultimately gain understanding of why Hitler was able to rise to power and why Europe allowed him to do so.
In their assigned roles, students experience firsthand how a person’s perspective has a direct correlation on their motivations and actions. Discussions during the conference focus on self-rule, colonies, the League of Nations, the inclusion of the racial equality clause in the League of Nations, containing Communism, and what to do with Germany. Each player present at the conference has a different end goal and a different understanding as to how each of these scenarios should play out. Unfortunately, most leave upset and defeated…setting a problematic stage for the rest of the 20th century