Simulations of life in grade 11
It’s a way of life! The combined energies of our class are directly involved in the permutations and equations of Physics, details and dates of inventions, discoveries and wars in History, and the number of feet in a line of poetry. What could be sweeter Math than singing praises of achievements in percentages and numbers!
Who’d have thought that there is something beyond electrons in an atom? Apparently a scientist called Schrodinger discovered that matter acts as waves AND as particles – and Einstein agreed with him. In Chemistry we have decided to take this one step further and see how this affects our understanding of chemical reactions, both organic and inorganic. And you know what? Its actually making sense!
Einstein was my biggest hero till I started on Richard Feynman and found that Nuclear Physics is a real blast [pardon the pun]! We’ve learnt about the good and bad effects of chain reactions, and now we are trying strategies to bring Uranium onto campus. How else can we learn how a bomb really works?!
This is definitely for the spatially and scientifically inclined. We get to “see beauty in a grain of sand” or worry that the rice fields are disappearing all over Asia. The focus on global studies allows us to make the arduous journey from the Great Wall of China to the snow white landscape of Alaska in a couple of hours, forgetting the bell many times!
History is about people and strategies to make them tick! The focus on wars – their causes and consequences – is the springboard for analyzing leadership and teamwork. Current issues like terrorism and social entrepreneurship take on a new meaning as we wrestle with issues that are now a part of our present and the future.
In the midst of studying hard and playing harder, we make time to get a glimpse into lives different from our own. We are struck by how much we take for granted in our lives when we visit the neighboring village school. Our management of wealth in the form of recognizing and sustaining the talent has newfound meaning in the consumerism that drives the world!
Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant – you are about to meet your match! Soccer training at school has scaled new heights with exposure to Brazilian coaching camps, while basketball training under State and National level players is making us feel like professionals. It’s not as exciting to do the fitness training to improve speed, agility, flexibility, reflex and strength that our in-house coaches make us do, but we know one can’t happen without the other – no gain without a bit of pain!
Knowledge in action = true learning. This summer, I’ve signed up with Animaster to explore the world of 3-D animation. I’m looking forward to putting my technological and logical skills to use. Wait till I create a short film and have the credits roll start with my name! That’s definitely one for discovering whether the real world is as much fun as Inventure…