Day 4: Mini-Course Highlights

From our student blogger, 7th grader Sophie B.:

"Today I had another great day of Hogwarts 101, the mini-course I wrote about on the first day. Today focused on potions, and it was awesome! Eighth graders Emory and Jane, who are teaching the course, printed out a 7-potion puzzle, and we had to figure out which potion was poison, which was nettle wine, and which was "Wendy’s special creation." After that, we made potions. We were given homemade ingredients to make them, and they were all edible! It was really good. I had Polyjuice Potion, which was actually this amazing hot chocolate, and then I had Newt’s Eyes, which were homemade tapioca balls. It was great. We shared our variations on the end of the 7th book, and then it was time for snack. Hogwarts 101 is one of my favorite mini-courses, and I’m so glad I’m in it."

These photos are from the Stage Combat mini-course taught by Wendy and guest teacher fencing expert Iddo Harel. Students learned about how to make a realistic looking fight scene safely, and choreographed their own fight routines. 

The Dissection Mini-course wrapped up with labs involving crayfish, frogs, and rats. Students used online tutorials to inform their work, and spent time sketching the external and internal anatomies of the organisms to better understand the species' adaptations. We created a cladogram on the last day to summarize some of the evolutionary relationships among the animals we dissected.

In the Healthy Snacks Mini-course, students have prepared . . . healthy snacks. Earlier this week they made energy balls, granola bars, and smoothies. Today they made hummus, in which they dipped various vegetables.

In the Afro-Arab Connections mini-course students have been exploring a different way of seeing the map, particularly of Africa and the Middle East. They are looking at shared cultural and linguistic heritages across continents and the ways that those linkages connect people in 
interesting and unexpected ways. Students are getting a taste of studying 
new languages and are developing a new understanding of the global map.

The Step Mini-course has been both energizing and exhausting! Step is a dynamic art form, using bodies as rhythmic, expressive instruments. Students stomped and clapped as they 
learning a complete piece to perform at the end of the course. 

In the Afro-Arab Connections mini-course students explored shared cultural and linguistic 
heritages across continents and the ways that those linkages connect people in 
interesting and unexpected ways. The goals are to get a taste of studying new languages and develop a new understanding of the global map.