PERISCOPE will be different from any other virtual program you may have been a part of in the past. This summer we will build a community of curious, innovative, and engaged “Experimentors” who will delve into project-based, creative learning that focuses on collaboration and communication with two main goals in mind: maximizing our creativity and character and having LOTS of fun in the process! Students will form deep connections with like-minded peers around the world in ways they never thought possible on a virtual platform. They will learn more about themselves and their connection to the world around them, all while experiencing a taste of what life as a student at Deerfield Academy might be like.
Leadership in Community is a small group experience that allows students to build relationships with peers from all over the world in a fun and social setting. Each small group will take part in the same activities as a way to build the larger PERISCOPE community through shared experiences. Students will take a deep dive into building their leadership and communication skills as a means of better understanding themselves and how they fit into the world. They will engage in experiential group activities, practice public speaking, and create artifacts to show their growth through the program. In addition, each small group leader will act as an advisor to students, meeting with them 1:1 to check on their progress and discuss their personal and educational goals for the future.
Along with taking courses designed and led by Deerfield faculty, students will take part in some beloved Deerfield traditions. School Meeting will be a time for the entire community to come together, and could include exciting guest speakers or presentations from groups of students. Sit-down meals will be a great opportunity to engage with one another and discuss a variety of topics—no food necessary! And students will also have access to a virtual Deerfield campus experience that includes asynchronous activities and a 3D walking tour!
Staying true to the Experimentory mission, PERISCOPE courses will approach subjects in fresh and exciting ways and will be project based, creative, and experiential in nature. A mix of group collaboration, independent work, and field studies will foster teamwork across time zones and embrace a diversity of perspectives. The virtual platform will provide an opportunity to teach students new skills and prepare them for collaboration in a rapidly changing and interconnected world.
Have you ever been nervous to speak in front of a crowd? Are you queasy at just the thought of reading in class or performing publicly? Or, are you a seasoned speaker/performer looking to perfect your craft? In all cases, this is the class for you! Public speaking is a critical life skill, and in this class you will learn techniques and tips to help you gain confidence and win over your audience. Ensemble building and improvisation will form the bedrock of our time together, because once you are comfortable with your peers you are sure to reach your full potential! We will then dive into short speeches and performing scenes from established playwrights. Your self-confidence will soar during our time together, and you will never again hesitate to take full advantage of an opportunity to perform.
The most interesting ethical questions are the ones in which important values come into tension. What is the right thing to do when exercising individual freedom conflicts with protecting the vulnerable? When security interests suggest revealing private information? When granting mercy in a compelling case would mean making an exception to a clear and important civic standard? In this course, students will learn how to support claims with evidence and reasoning, engage in respectful ‘arguments to enlighten,’ and sharpen debate skills. In our classroom community, arguments aren’t fights: they’re how we critically examine our beliefs and values and thereby grow as individuals.
Combining elements of 3-D Design, Architecture, and Urban Design, students in this course will experience the iterative process and learn about basic principles common to all design endeavors. Using the 3-D design program SketchUp, students will design several unique objects at different scales, learning how to incorporate important concepts like form and color to build their projects from a basic concept into a complex 3-dimensional form. Projects will include designing a desktop object based on a building of the student’s choice, translating that object into a skyscraper, and transforming the urban environment around the skyscraper to react to it. While each project will be completed individually, students will work collaboratively as their ideas progress from concept to the finished products.
Our contemporary media landscape is saturated with audiovisual messages: we live in a world of screens, headphones, and loudspeakers that constitute the backdrop to our everyday experiences. Why should we content ourselves with the role of passive spectators and listeners when we can become creators? In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of audiovisual digital content creation in the area of your choosing: filmmaking, podcasting, or songwriting. Through a hands-on collaborative approach that imitates the practices of the contemporary film and music industries, students will work on a wide range of projects from start to finish. By experimenting and playing, you will learn the basic creative and technical skills needed to express your thoughts, emotions, and ideas through videos, podcasts, and songs.
Since people have looked to the stars and dreamt of travelling to them, we have needed problem solvers and makers. How will we get off the ground and launch ourselves into space? How will we get to the Moon, to Mars, or beyond? How will we live out there away from Earth? And when trouble happens, who is going to imagine new ideas and new ways of putting things together? This course will feature hands-on team challenges that will force you to think on your feet and collaborate with others. Join us as we embark on an interplanetary journey of discovery and invention while we learn about the frontiers of space that will be explored in your lifetime. It’s the next age of discovery and an adventure waiting for you to join it.
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