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LOWER SCHOOL SCIENCE LAB
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Students in the Lower School were introduced to two new inhabitants of the Lower School Science lab this fall: a pair of doves, rescued with help from the Wild Bird Fund on the Upper West Side. Here, Elisa F. ’23 carefully pets the female dove, held by Lower School Science teacher Deja Williams.
STEAM camp was back in the summer of 2016 and better than ever. For six weeks, campers explored topics ranging from robotics to coding to water conservation under the expert tutelage of Cathedral faculty members Shawna Altdorf, Deja Williams, Michael Demianiuk, and young alumni counselors. At the end of each week, a field trip took the STEAM campers for hands-on exploration at places like the Museum of Math. Plus, there were popsicles. Camper Theo R. says, “I liked STEAM camp because it was a little bit of everything: science, language arts, music, and technology. I liked having a new theme each week, and you got to know everybody.” Parents were equally enthusiastic: STEAM parent Catherine Hawthorn wrote, “There is something magical going on at The Cathedral School STEAM Camp,” where her son had a wonderful, enriching time. Don’t miss your opportunity to sign up for the 2017 summer sessions! Visit cathedralnyc.org today and sign up for one week, or all six, or contact STEAM Camp Director Emmanuel Saldana at email@example.com.
It’s been a fall for new experiences at The Cathedral School, as Upper School students have had the option of exploring some new electives. They include a TED talks elective, where the goal is to create a TED-like talk at the end of the trimester; the Beta Club, a way to explore science questions in a lab setting; and Upper School Science teacher Jonathan Pirnia’s Ampersand Club, which invites speakers to school to explain what they do and how they do it, in an effort to enrich students’ classroom time. This year’s first Ampersand Club speaker was Dr. Jason Hochfelder, an orthopedic surgeon who alternately transfixed and repulsed a large crowd of Upper Schoolers with detailed photographs of knee surgery. Next up was professional lacrosse player and Cornell University star attackman Rob Pannell.
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