MECS: Solving Problems through Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science
Do you like creative problem solving? Interested in coding or engineering? Then MECS is the course for you! In this cohort you will learn to build and program a new type of robot to complete different challenges posed by the teacher. We will use our knowledge of math, physics and computer science to modify our build and test our programs to solve real-world problems. In this course students will be able to build a robot of their own design. Throughout the year we will learn about how robotics and AI have been a positive or negative impact in the real-world. We will use our own robots to simulate real-world scenarios where robotics can be of use to humanity. At the end of the year, students will choose a “problem” and design and program a robot to address this “issue”.
Urban Agriculture 2.0: Stewards of Sustainability
In part 2 of the Urban Agriculture enrichment cohort participants will continue to make connections between food and the environment. Students will plant, water, tend soil, grow, and harvest vegetables. Through research and exploration members will work hands on to expand their knowledge and awareness of the environment and current ecological issues affecting our society and the rest of the world. Classmates will investigate the effects of pollution, and the importance of sustainability. Junior Agriculturists will begin working to educate the school community on steps that can be taken to improve our environment, and to encourage responsible environmental behaviors. Furthermore, students will continue to build knowledge about sustainable farming, food systems, nutrition, social justice, and ecological gardening practices from around the world.
Journalism 2.0: Sharing Cultural Experiences through the Art of Storytelling
Did you know that there are over 200 different languages spoken in New York City and that 40 percent of the NYC population was born outside of the United States? We live in one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the world, where each and every one of us has a special story and experience to share. In this enrichment cohort, you will explore different cultures and immigration stories through a variety of activities and field trips. You will visit different boroughs in New York, cultural attractions, and events to connect with various communities and individuals, to learn their history and develop intercultural understanding. Through the lens of a journalist, you will be asked to document and share cultural or societal experiences you have researched or witnessed. As a final project, you will present your stories and findings by creating a podcast, mini-documentary, personal narrative, social media post, or news report. By drawing on the central messages of culture and identity in your presentation, you will help your audience relate to other people and their experiences as members of the human race.
Sports Medicine: The Anatomy and Physiology of Sports Injuries
Lebron James. Kyrie Irving. Steph Curry. Tom Brady. Odell Beckham Jr. Do you ever wonder how they do the amazing things they do while playing? How are they able to keep their bodies in the top condition to do these things almost every night? How they recover from all types of injuries at a superhuman pace? In this class we’ll dive into the science behind every dunk, three point shot, deep pass, and insane catch made by all these players while also playing the roles of doctors to help treat the athletic injuries in the best way possible to ensure they can play at their very best. Throughout the year we will be curing minor injuries building up until we reach our final project where you will group up and focus on a major injury.
Musical History 2.0: Exploring History Through the Music, Content and Scenes of Musicals
Have you ever wondered what a song would sound like as a dialogue? What about what a dance would say if it could be transformed into lyrics? What about what impact a musical would have if it had more or less historical content in it? Whether or not you explored Musical History in 6th grade or are just interested in creatively exploring music and theatre, this enrichment cohort might be a good fit for you. In Musical History 2.0, you will learn about different musicals that take place during important times in history but with a new twist. You will take a more critical look at the content of the musical through its film adaptation and create different ways of looking at it. For example, maybe you feel a dialogue should be changed into a song or vice versa. This will be a class to explore that artistic creativity. You will also learn to look at the historical content in a musical and decide whether or not it most accurately portrays the historical event in question. Throughout the year, we will perform at school events, visit museums to learn more about the historical events, and be visited from working performers in Musical Theatre. By the end of the year, you will not only perform musical numbers but will also perform acting scenes both from musicals, as well as those you’ve created yourselves that could have been in the musicals we will study.
Film Production: Making Stories Come to Life
The modern age of technology allows users to give voices to stories that never had one before. In film production, students will investigate the power behind making stories. They will investigate different film genres and use this visual medium to tell their own. Students will analyze how modern technology is changing how people view content today, learn how to use camera angles and lighting to tell a visual story and willedit and soundtrack their own short films. For the final project, students will make a short documentary film in which they investigate a non-fiction topic of their choice to create a documentary that answers the questions of why that issue is important. The other option is for students to create their own original script in the genre of their choice to produce a short story that develops a main conflict. For either project, students will build their own crew and learn to work together using each other’s strengths to produce the film. Let’s tell stories and make movie magic!
Future Engineers: Civic Planning Through Engineering and Architecture
As first year engineers, we learned how to discuss, build, and design engineering projects. We worked with the Center for Architecture to design energy proficient skyscrapers that use biomimicry. We will use what we have learned to become second year engineers and continuing learning about all of the facets of engineering. Most excitingly, this year the future engineers will participate in the Future City program. This year’s theme is Powering Our Future! Teams will design a resilient power grid for their future city that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.