Adventures in Learning!
March 10, 2022 by
Immersive Learning Week provides students with opportunities to engage in concentrated, absorbing, and experiential learning about topics of study shaped by their interests. Students work in small groups, studying the foundations of their subject and broadening their understanding through field trips, discussions with guest experts, and written and creative expression. Last week, middle school students enjoyed a week of immersive learning, delving into the Physics of Flight, Spycraft and the History of Espionage, the Art of Paper, Out of the Box Justice, Talmudic Tales, Dance, and Adventures in Nature.
Highlights from the week include:
- Dance lessons with US Open West Coast Swing Champions, a Dance Hall of Fame inductee, and the artistic director, choreographer, and founders of a West African Dance Company
- Learning the art of claymation and making short films that retell Talmudic tales
- Hiking more than 30 miles in 3 states and Washington, D.C.
- Participating in workshops on deciphering forensic clues, such as fingerprints and shoe molds, and learning about the history of espionage
- Learning with legal experts about intellectual property and copyright, environmental law, arguing civil rights cases in front of the US Supreme Court, and legal careers at the FBI, in the office a DC prosecutor and the City of Takoma Park
- Practicing the ancient artform of sumingashi (Japanese marbling), designing pop-up cards, making paper circuits, creating collages and Blackout Poetry, and learning the art of paper cutting
- Private tours of Udvar Hazy Air & Space Museum, College Park Aviation Museum, and Shannon Air Museum; and a behind-the-scenes look into the work of air traffic controllers and airport safety officials
Over the course of the fun week, students expanded their horizons, discovered new passions, connected with each other and their teachers, and learned more about themselves and their world.