Artist and engineer, scientist and philosopher, musician and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci was a master of all trades and an undisputed genius of Western civilization. Explore the man and his works through different hands- on, inquiry based projects. Experience the breadth and depth of this gifted and talented man through mirror-writing, building a parachute, designing and building bridges and experimenting with artistic materials!
Travel back through time to ancient Egypt in a hands-on adventure! Build pyramids, make mummies and learn to write and decipher hieroglyphics. This class is an immersion program into the rich and ancient culture of Egypt.
FILM AND FOLKLORE: THE MOVIE CLUB
Myth is a universal story. Struggles play out over and over again. We hear the echoes of ancient myths in our modern day soap operas, in commercials and in sitcoms. Explore the most ancient stories known and then look for the connections to current stories in film and TV.
FROM FABLE TO FAIRYTALE
We read them voraciously as children, we watch them brought to life on the silver screen, but what are these fables trying to teach us? This is a class that inspires the “Unanswered Questions.” Read and critique classic fairy tales and discover what the characters value most intensely, fear most deeply and hope for most ardently. Write and discuss what you think is true, fair, good and beautiful, and create – alone or in teams - your own inspired fairytale. A modern spin on a classic idea!
HIP HISTORY - A WORLD PERSPECTIVE
Embark on a journey from the dawn of human existence through the revelations of the Renaissance. This hip world history class engages students with a global approach to global history. From Egypt, India and China, to the middle ages in Africa and Europe, Mesoamerica and the Renaissance, students will rhyme, rap and mix their way through this World History class.
MUSIC: THE LAST 50 YEARS
Music has the power to evoke some of our deepest feelings of love and anger, but how much of our reactions are universal and how much of them are based on our experiences as individuals? Let’s talk about music! Students will listen to examples of different musical styles and describe the reactions that each piece evokes. From early blues and jazz to rock n’ roll and rap, gain insight into the historical context of the last half-century’s explosion of musical invention.
NAVIGATING YOUR DREAM TRIP
In this global challenge, students become their own travel agent as they create their dream tour. Through computer research, each student will define and map out the specific areas to which they will travel. They will create a budget, pick flights and times, research inter-city transportation and lodging options, investigate cultural attractions, and create a Powerpoint demonstration to share with the class.
Perhaps the only frontiers that remain unexplored are those within our own heads. Psychology, psychiatry, neurology – what do we really know about the human mind, spirit and soul? Grapple with some of the fundamental topics of psychology. What is the nature of a human personality? Is behavior learned or based in genetics? What’s your learning style? Are you an optimist or a pessimist, right-brained or left-brained? Strap on your thinking caps and prepare to cross over into the uncharted territory of the human mind.
READERS’ HISTORICAL THEATRE
Choose from a variety of historical characters, research and write a biographical essay on your character and participate in a mystery-driven scenario that creates a historical period piece. (Class can be adapted to meet state standards in history or social studies for a particular grade.
THE HISTORY OF HIP-HOP
In this class, hip-hop is the lens through which we can view 20th Century United States history. Class structures have been revolutionized, our economy has undergone serious transformation and technological innovations have been exploding onto the market at a blinding rate. Hip-hop music has reflected all of these changes in a format that is accessible to people of all ages. Topics will include social theory, jazz, break-dancing, spoken word, history and much, much more!
THE WORLD OF ARTISTS - A GEOGRAPHY CLASS
Travel the globe and discover the “who, what, where, when and why” of an artist’s life. Students will trace musical, artistic, dance and theatrical styles from around the world. Gain clues to the artists’ creativity while learning about the times and places in which they lived.
Learn all about civics, effective globalization,communication and multilateral diplomacy. Research a country, take on roles as diplomats, and investigate international issues. Debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. Explore such topics as peace, human rights, urbanization, poverty, women’s rights, health, and cleaner oceans.