Wrapping up 2019 with Winter Intensives

We can’t think of a better way to close out 2019 than with SGS Winter Intensives! During Intensives, students stepped out of their daily class routines into an entirely new type of learning. Intensives allow students to get hands on experience in architecture, law, design, creative writing, neuroengineering, film making, and confectionary arts. These mixed-grade workshops also encourage students to break out of their normal groups and get to know peers in other grades.
The day before winter break, students wrapped up intensives with a powerful showcase for the SGS community. We watched feature films eighth graders created in production, tasted candy made in Sweet Sweet Science, tested sensory devices engineered in Sensory Substitution, and so much more! We even got to see our seventh graders put their SGS Law School education to the test during a trial at the King County Courthouse.
We are proud of the hard work our students put into their intensive projects over the past two weeks. Please enjoy this overview of the sensory, sweet, and inspiring 2019 STEAM intensives:

Video Production:

As an introduction into the in-depth Video Production unit 8th graders will be working on for the rest of the year, this Intensive focuses on refining skills in cinematography, video editing software, and audio engineering. During the second week of intensives, students received a final film challenge and synthesized all previous skills into a cinematic work. They shared their final creations for the community at the intensives showcase.

Mock Trial:

7th Graders work with a realistic (but fictitious) case during Mock Trial. Each student is plays a major role as a lawyer or key witness, and develop strategies for the Defense or Prosecution team, and creating their own questions and arguments for the trial. During the intensive, students work with a faculty of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals to prepare for their courtroom performance!

Choose Your Own Adventure:

During this two week humanities intensive, students explored and wrote within the choose-your-own-adventure medium. The course aims to provide students with ample time to independently read stories and apps, research specific methods of telling a story, and practice a variety of skills related to writing and illustrating a choose-your-own-adventure story. The goal is for students to collaborate with another student to use technology to write, revise, and edit an original piece that shows the students’ understanding of a story arc.

Ewok Village:

The Ewok Village Project follows the architectural process and building of a personalized dwelling for a mythical creature of students’ imagination, integrating compassionate and environmentally responsible design along the way. The goal was to create and build a uniquely-design treehouse to meet the needs of a mythical creature and a specific physical site in the EWOK village.

Sensory Substitution:

In this project, students explored the field of neuroengineering. They designed a model of a device that will help a person with a lost or impaired sense (seeing, hearing, touching). Students learned how to program an Arduino microprocessor to control the device. For example, a person with a prosthetic hand might need touch sensors that light up with pressure and let them know how tightly they are gripping an object.

Sweet Sweet Science:

In this project, students developed the skills to digitally design and prototype 3D models using Inkscape. Students ultimately created a tribute to honor an aspect of their identity or uplift a marginalized identity. We researched, designed, and pitched projects that were printed on the laser cutter. These pieces will live in the SGS space to empower and educate our community

Uplift, Inspire, Design:

In this project, students developed the skills to digitally design and prototype 3D models using Inkscape. Students ultimately created a tribute to honor an aspect of their identity or uplift a marginalized identity. We researched, designed, and pitched projects that were printed on the laser cutter. These pieces will live in the SGS space to empower and educate our community.

El Defacio:

Every student participated in this 30-minute Intensive, twice daily! Teams are multi-grade and challenges focus on teamwork, collaboration, effort y español.