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"We took a 6th grade project from New York (building a weather station), and the 6th grade students in Uganda showed us they could do it, too—no problem. That’s when I thought, heck, this might really work,” says Julia Higdon, research scientist at Avenues: The World School. So Project Hello World teamed up with Avenues to learn from children in remote places, and how to bring high-quality education to children who have no or only limited access to traditional schooling. Want to find out more? We are talking about it at SXSWedu on March 9: bit.ly/2dqSrx9 ... See MoreSee Less
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Avenues: The World School added 6 photos and 2 videos.Photos from Avenues: The World School's postStudents coding, making and having a great time at Ruckus Constructus, our STEAM fair! ... See MoreSee Less
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Imagine if your typically peaceful day at Avenues was suddenly interrupted by the discovery that a horrible crime had been committed. Much to your surprise, the chief of the newly formed Avenues Department of Investigation then tells you that it would be up to you and your team of forensic scientists to collect the proper evidence and make sure the correct suspect could be brought to justice. This is exactly the scenario that the Avenues 5th graders encountered in science class this fall.
'Tags: '5th Grade, Lower Division, Science, STEM
Dozens of colorful kites rose into the clear, sunny skies over Liberty State Park on April 15 as the fifth grade spring STEAM project took wing. As 75 students watched their kites soar—and sometimes crash to the ground—they worked together in pairs to assess the direction of the wind and put their new knowledge of aerodynamics to work through experimentation and trial and error.
'Tags: '5th Grade, Art, Arts, Design, Engineering, Interdisciplinary, Lower Division, Math, Project-Based Learning, Science, STEAM, Technology
As part of this year’s first STEAM challenge, fifth and sixth graders were challenged to create their own rulers using an architectural design app called Graphic. Their digital models were then sent to the Avenues iLab for printing, first in cardboard and then in wood.
'Tags: '5th Grade, 6th Grade, Curriculum, Middle Grades Program, Upper Division
The first team challenge of the year asked students to consider how they could use the design thinking process to design and build a structure composed of one-eighth-inch-thick balsa wood sticks and hot glue.
'Tags: '5th Grade, 6th Grade, Lower Division, Middle Grades Program, Science, STEM, Upper Division
Imagine you are the captain of an oil tanker and you are piloting your ship down the Hudson River on a warm and sunny Friday afternoon. You and your first mate are looking forward to the weekend and sharing plans when suddenly disaster strikes! You have run the tanker aground, and oil is spilling out into New York Harbor. This is exactly the scenario that the Avenues fifth graders had to face in science class this fall.
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For the past five years, Rita Truong has been the head teacher in the Yellow room of the Avenues Early Learning Center. She is a proud member of the Avenues founding... More...
Ivan Cestero has been with Avenues from early days of 2011. He now teaches 11th and 12th grade electives in entrepreneurship and innovation in the World Course while... More...
Angela Ji Xu first joined Avenues in fall 2012 as the head teacher in a Chinese section of kindergarten (in the immersion classes, nursery through grade three, children... More...
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