Day 43 (Day 3 Week 9) Learning from home: Capstone tradition continues

One of the culminating experiences of a Trinity education is a capstone project. Each member of our Leadership Class takes up the challenge to research and present on a topic of their choosing. They write a research paper and give a “Ted”-like talk to their peers, teachers, administrators, and parents.

I love, Love, LOVE it.  We learn so much about our students, their interests, curiosity, and passion.

And, as a bright spot product of ‘learning from home,’ we are amazed at our students’ poise, grace, and presentations.

Kudos to the teaching team: Kailynn Boomer, Brooke Ovorus, Kristi Story, Ann Reid Young, and Sarah Barton Thomas. Your creative thinking, “we can do this” attitude, and differentiated teaching, feedback, and learning is outstanding. Our students will be forever grateful to you, as am I.

Our Leadership Class spent today listening to, applauding, and learning from their peers. And, this learning continues tomorrow.

Remember, these are 6th Graders (11-13 year-olds) sharing a question of their choosing.

Here’s what we learned about today:

Christopher: 9:45 – 10:00

What new power plant design can I create so that power plants have less carbon emissions?

Ben: 10:00 – 10:15

How can I prevent sports teams from using racist mascots in order to not offend any Native American people?

Davis: 10:15 – 10:30

How can I create a program to help make people in my community more aware of using less gasoline when operating their personal vehicles?

Break: 10:30-10:40

Connor: 10:45 – 11:00

How do I educate people about galaxies other than their own?

Vee: 11:00 – 11:15

What modifications to school supplies can I make to help left-handed students?

Robert: 11:15 – 11:30

How can I design a safer football helmet to protect players from concussions and neck injuries?

Lunch: 11:30 – 12:25

Mac: 12:30 – 12:45

How can I create an app to bring together those in need with those willing to help?

Maggie: 12:45 – 1:00

How can I create a business that would create original items from reusable plastic bags to keep them out of landfills?

Vikas: 1:00 – 1:15

How can I solve a way to make radio waves go a farther distance for engineers and software creators?

Remember, these are 6th Graders (11-13 year-olds) sharing a question of their choosing.

The future is bright!

Here’s what we will learn about tomorrow:

Hunter: 9:45 – 10:00

What is a way that I can make a smaller, lightweight, portable MRI machine?

Naomi: 10:00 – 10:15

What new quilt symbols can I create, design, and sew to make it easier for runaway slaves to understand what actions they should take while traveling on the Underground Railroad?

Mac: 10:15 – 10:30

How would martial arts during PE class be beneficial in schools?

Break 10:30-10:40

Banks: 10:45 – 11:00

How can I create a flying, solar-powered car that helps reduce traffic? 

Leighton: 11:00 – 11:15

How can I create a light bulb that sea turtles can’t see on the beach?

John Henry: 11:15 – 11:30

How can I create an awareness campaign so people near me can understand the facts about Parkinson’s?

Lunch: 11:30 – 12:25

Jude: 12:30 – 12:45

How I can educate sixth graders’ awareness of throwing trash into our ocean so they can pass their knowledge to others?

Lucy: 12:45 – 1:00

How can I show ways of kindness through photography to make an impact on the world?

Clark: 1:00 – 1:15

I can make a blueprint for a rocket ship that can hold a large number of people that also has a  reusable engine to go to the moon for NASA. 

Break 1:15-1:30

MacKenzie: 1:30 – 1:45

How can I create an online campaign to teach people how to protect themselves from hacking?

Tristan: 1:45 – 2:00

How can I create a Braille pen that will make it easier for companies to make signs for blind people?

Emerson: 2:00 – 2:15

How can I create a new food replacement to expand photo-proof options to food photographers?

Again, remember, these are 6th Graders (11-13 year-olds) sharing a question of their choosing.

The future is bright!

Kudos and congratulations to all members of Leadership Class, their parents, and the entire Trinity Faculty for fulfilling our mission and pillars.

Trinity School creates a community of learners in a diverse and distinctly elementary-only environment, in which each child develops the knowledge, skills, and character to achieve his or her unique potential as a responsible, productive, and compassionate member of the School and greater community.

Complementing this Mission Statement are the Program and Pedagogy Pillars.

Celebrating the present and preparing our students for the future within a nurturing and caring educational environment, we:

Cherish ChildhoodDeepen Students’ Educational Experience, and Empower Students in Their Learning
So that our students:
Build Academic FoundationDevelop Character Foundation, and Exhibit Continued Curiosity, Creativity, and Confidence.
I am proud of each of you.

I am proud of all of you.

I am proud of your accomplishments!

I love you, and I miss you.


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