In this Life Science and Engineering Design theme, learners studied the incredible adaptations of plants and animals and borrowed from nature's time-tested strategies to construct a model of a sustainable design solution.
They used their argumentative writing skills to craft a final Pitch Presentation for their invention. At the end of the cycle, learners had the opportunity to submit their design to the Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge.
Who was DB Cooper and what happened to him? Who was responsible for the Gardner Heist? What is Havana Syndrome? Who actually created Bitcoin? What really happened to Amelia Earhart?
In this theme, Prismarians wrote journalistic articles, became detectives, and searched for clues to solve these mysteries, building evidence models, recording podcasts and filming videos.
Learners explored the tremendous power of our planet’s natural forces. How can these forces bring us both beauty, in the form of natural wonders, and destruction, in the form of natural disasters?
Learners chose from Earth Experiment, Earth Art, or Earth Advocacy projects, and in Co-Lab they worked in teams to travel to Ventis, a town without a power source, and mapped out a plan to save the day. They also wrote poems filled with figurative language inspired by nature in their own backyards.
In 2023, the world population was estimated to hit 8 billion. Kids today will have more opportunities than any generation before to learn from and collaborate with those who live thousands of miles away.
The 8 Billion Stories theme presented an expansive menu of options for learning about global cultures through various forms. Learners shared their own cultural story through dance, film, art, or theater.
We end each year with a service learning focused theme that gives learners an opportunity to utilize the skills they've learned in a way that makes a positive impact in their local communities.
Regardless of what our learners do in the future, we believe that the ability to extend compassion, listen empathetically, and build community will prepare them to be leaders in this world.