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Evolution and Revolutions in Physics (with Tiki-Toki)

By Tony Banson, Colton Bullard, John Cho, Thayer Cornell, Alan Gao, Jovin Ho, Izzy Kim, Ivy Li, Helynna Lin, Sada Nichols-Worley, Cooper Schmitz, Jonathan Shakespeare, Leon Shi, Alex Song, Alan Yang, Justin Zhang

Evolution and Revolutions in Physics (with Tiki-Toki)

Editors’ Note: In “Advanced Physics: Modern Topics in Physics,” the class is collaborating on a “Timeline” of physics, utilizing the online tool Tiki-Toki. The timeline is an ongoing work in progress throughout the course, hence moments, details, and explanations are added as completed.

Click on the image or here to go the Tiki-Toki site for the timeline.

The best way to view it is as a 3D “highway (look for the round 3d button on the lower left of your screen), but it is also visible as a conventional 2D side-scrolling timeline. (more…)

The Blueprint Hackathon and Finding Your Scientist Doppelgänger

By Luc Coté, Filip Kierzenka, Connor Browder, V Form and Jason Chen, IV Form

The Blueprint Hackathon and Finding Your Scientist Doppelgänger

On February 17th and 18th, the annual Blueprint Hackathon was held at MIT. You may wonder what exactly a Hackathon is, and we certainly wouldn’t blame you. A Hackathon is essentially a “Hacking” Convention, although “Hacking” is used very liberally to make the name sound cooler than “Computer Science” Convention. On the first day, we had the Learnathon, which is devoted entirely to learning about computer science, specifically about App Development, Web Design, or Basics of Coding. Taking the Web Design course, we learned a lot about a style of programming our JAVA based classes have not exposed us to.

The first day was an appetizer of new knowledge. The second day gave the main course: The Buildathon. This is where we put our knowledge to the test, working as a team to create a final project in 9 hours. Our idea was to build a program that matches a user’s face to a famous scientist doppelgänger. (more…)

PSA Sur Le Changement Climatique (PSA on Climate Change in French)

By Ariah Henderson, V Form and Urgyen Wangmo, VI Form

PSA Sur Le Changement Climatique

Click on the image or here for the video!

Editors’ Note: Below are the parameters of the assignment for this French IV project.

Projet de Chapitre 10 :Vidéo

  • Individually or with a partner, you will make a video (2 min / person in groups) in which you explain to the St. Mark’s community:
    • the seriousness and causes of climate change
    • and explain how they can make more sustainable choices (include the cost of such measures, if applicable).
  • You will submit your script.
  • The script/video should use:
    • at least 12/24 vocabulary words from Chapter 10,
    • at least 4/8 examples of le conditionnel passé,
    • at least 4/8 examples of le futur antérieur,
    • and examples of all three types of si clauses, plus si used to express a wish or reget (double the quantity for two person groups).

Project Based Learning in The Global Seminar: The Zamibia Presentation

By Alicia Souliotis, Andrew Cheon, Elise Gobron, and Tommy Flathers, III Form

Project Based Learning in The Global Seminar: The Zamibia Presentation

Editor’s Note: All III Formers took part in The Global Seminar’s project to create a proposal to improve the state of the fictitious country Zamibia. The students collaborated in groups as United Nations Development Programme Sustainable Development Teams. The artifact below is part of the presentation that the students delivered to their classmates, teachers, and visitors.

Please click here for entire presentation.

Please click here for entire presentation. (more…)

Self-Paced Learning in Latin III and III Honors

By Jeanna Cook and Dr. Heather Harwood, Classics Faculty

Self- Paced Learning in Latin III and III Honors

The Classics Department is trying something new this year: self-paced learning. We kicked off this departmental goal almost accidentally as we planned for separate courses in separate places this past summer. Dr. Heather Harwood was working on revamping the Latin III Honors course to better support students who continue with the language in Advanced Latin Readings thereafter. Jeanna Cook was looking for a way to restructure the Latin III course to better serve incoming students who place into Latin III. In our first department meeting of the year, we realized that we were attempting to solve different problems, but that we had designed curricula that pulled from the same methodology. Self-paced learning, assisted by the module structure in our LMS, Canvas, offered a common means by which we hoped that we could achieve our individual course goals. (more…)

The Pitch Project TV Show Winner: “The Second Reality”

By Summer Hornbostel, Pete Nugent, and Hailey DuBose, VI Form

The Pitch Project TV Show Winner: “The Second Reality”

Title: “The Second Reality”

Logline: If the first reality fails, there will always be the second one.

Elevator Pitch: “The Second Reality” is a show about alternate realities, and how the decisions that characters make affect their futures. If you think about it, every decision that we make can have multiple different outcomes, meaning that there are multiple different realities that we could possibly live out. In our show, “The Second Reality”, there is no such thing as one reality. You live one reality, but some people are given the chance to go back and change their biggest mistake, thus leading to their second reality. However, characters don’t know that they have the opportunity to go back, otherwise they might live their first reality without care. While living their second reality characters are able to remember their first one in order to justify it as actually being reality.

Synopsis: In our show, “The Second Reality”, we explore what it would be like to have the opportunity to go back and change our biggest mistake. In the show, we follow four stories of four different people going through various times in their lives. They have to deal with the everyday struggles in life that we do, but there’s one catch. They’re able to go back and change their biggest mistake. As soon as the characters make a mistake that negatively alters their own life and the lives of others, the universe (more…)