|Dawson's Second Grade Use Engineering Principles to Design Sails for Sailboats|
In this unit, students discover and discuss wind and methods that engineers use to capture its energy. Students focus on activities related to understanding how wind energy works and how to design mechanisms that utilize wind power. Hands-on activities, discussions, and readings focus on mechanical engineering and the Engineering Design Process. View the video below and watch the students in action!
|Dawson Will Participate in the "Hour of Code" Computer Science Campaign|
The Alexander Dawson School is proud to announce its participation from December 9-15, 2013, in the global Hour of Code computer science campaign, a week-long introduction to computer science designed to demystify "code" with several activities that every student, in every classroom, can do. Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation, and is in line with Dawson’s aim to enhance student learning opportunities.
Some interesting facts from the Hour of Code campaign:
The Hour of Code campaign was created by Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science education, and Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to growing computer programming education. The vision for these organizations is that computer science should be part of the core curriculum in every school, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
- Students who learn introductory computer science show improved math scores
- Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years- and these are some of the highest paying jobs.
- 90% of K-12 schools in the U.S. do not teach computer science.
- In many countries (including China, the United Kingdom and Australia), computer science is – or soon will be – required.
- All students can learn the basics, starting in elementary school, but fewer than 10% of students take computer science classes.
The Hour of Code campaign is supported by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Zappos, Amazon.com, Apple, and many others. For more information, please visit www.code.org.
|Dawson Sixth Grade Students Study Creative Writing with Author-in-Residence Brian Falkner|
The Dawson sixth-graders pictured here show off their writing awards from author-in-residence Brian Falkner. Mr. Falkner, who has published eleven children's books, spent a week teaching sixth-graders the craft of creative writing, touching on topics like finding inspiration, story structure and the importance of emotion. Students then spent several days writing an original short story, and awards were given for best overall story, best character development, best plot development, and best beginning and ending.
The School's author-in-residence program is one of many examples of how contributions to the Dawson First Fund have a direct and tangible impact on students. Click here to learn more about the Dawson First Fund.
|Dawson Family Night at Brio!|
Join other Dawson families on Wednesday, October 23rd, for our next Dawson Family Night at Brio Tuscan Grille in Tivoli Village. From 5-9 p.m., 20% of all purchases from Dawson families will be donated to the School. Simply print this flier and present it to your server. Learn more about Brio here. And yes, there is a children's menu!
|Exciting Announcement About Dawson's 10th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala!|
Click on the image below for an exciting annoucement about Dawson's 10th Annual
Reach for the Stars Gala!
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