Report from Bariloche

The last days have been wonderful.  The students are more comfortable and independent and even organized a get together with all their host family brothers and sisters over the weekend.  Sunday most of them went skiing.  They also visited the Chocolate Museum, went down a mountain slide or did the ropes course at Air Park AUCA.   Otto went to a spot called the "Patagonian desert" and Maddie is on a boat visiting an island called Isla Victoria on a boat in the Nahual Huapi Lake today.  Here are some photos that I have collected.  

We have just a few days left.  I have been so impressed by all of the students.  They have approached everything with a sense of adventure and been flexible.  I think they have really taken advantage of every opportunity to get to know the culture and people here.  Tomorrow our hosts have organized a farewell party for us at San Patricio school and then we prepare to come home!

Nico

1st Report from Patagonia!

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Hello from Bariloche!

We just finished an afternoon ski and we’re heading back to the house now! We had a sleep-in this morning—some of us slept and some of us used it as an opportunity to do some summer homework. A brunch was made in our nice, spacious kitchen. Allie Walton and Lisa Bates have been exploring the local grocery stores, and we’ve discovered that Argentinians eat a lot of carbs and not so many veggies. So, we’ve gotten creative with our meals and we have made it work. 

After a relaxed morning, we headed off to the mountain. Everyone from Club Andino Bariloche [our partner club who spent February with us in Dublin] is so friendly, and they’re always willing to listen as we attempt to articulate our plans in Spanish. The daily ride up the gondola was beautiful, as always. The view from the top never gets old—snow-covered peaks in the distance, a stunningly calm lake, and a perfect layer of clouds. We clipped into our skate skis and did a two-hour ski with a mix of no pole skiing and speeds. The snow was perfect, and it was just warm enough to ski without a jacket and gloves. When it was finally time to finish up, we ran into some fellow Dublin students, Maddy and Adam! They were enjoying a weekend downhill ski with their host families. 

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The ski was great and all, but we had to act quickly in order to fill our glycogen window. No need to fear, we found the Milka Chocolate shop and Waffle Cabin—we’ve become frequent customers. 

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Tonight we head out to dinner as a group to a local restaurant. The trip has been amazing so far, and we look forward to many more adventures to come!   -Agnes Macy

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Paul Wardlaw Announced as new Athletic Director

Dublin School is pleased to announce that Paul Wardlaw has joined Dublin as our new Athletic Director.  Over a 33 year career, Wardlaw has coached collegiate tennis and soccer, taught in the classroom and served as a mentor to other coaches around the country.  He joins Dublin after a 14-year engagement as Head Coach of the nationally-ranked Brown University D1 Women's Tennis team. He has also served as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at the University of Iowa (D1) and Kenyon College (D3). At Kenyon, his teams won three D3 National Championships, and Wardlaw was named the 2000 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Coach of the Decade.

“Camaraderie and Care:”  Cathie Runyon Reflects on Two Generations at Dublin School

Cathie Runyon is a grandparent to two generations of two: her children L.P. (Laurance) and Grier Runyon attended Dublin in the 80s, and her grandchildren Nick and Liza currently attend Dublin; Nick is graduating in the spring. Cathie and her husband moved to Peterborough in 1974, and L.P. started at Dublin in 1984 with Grier close behind.

“When L.P. was in middle school at Peterborough, it was not a great experience for him,” notes Runyon. “We started looking around and decided that we really didn’t want to send him to a boarding school far away, so Dublin seemed like a good alternative. We had been hearing more and more positive things about Dublin, so we started to look into it.”

Learning Aerodynamics through Doing

One of the large projects of the annual Introduction to STEM course taught to first-year students is a competition to design and fabricate the most efficient propeller blade.  Course teacher Jesse Jackson introduces the students to some basic concepts related to aeronautic design and then turns the students loose to research, design and fabricate their masterpiece. The most efficient propellor is measured by connecting the blades to a small generator tower that then uses an Arduino based system to measure total electrical output.

This years' winning team, Sina Abraham (Cambridge, MA); Lindsey Gould (Sharon, MA); and Nicholas Kim (San Francisco, CA) said they followed a standard engineering protocol to achieve their result. They did research, studied both successful and unsuccessful prior year designs, and built a couple of iterations of the design. Concerning the design piece, all of the student teams used Solidworks, a very advanced CAD design program, starting with a blade template.  The winning team altered the angle of the blade along its length beginning (from the attachment point) with a 25-degree angle, and tapering to a 20-, 17- and 14-degree angle toward the tip.  Based on their observations, they believed that the angle of attack needed to be steepest near the hub and wanted to create a "belly" at that point.

AP Environmental Science in Action

Having completed the AP Environmental Science exam, the two sections of AP Environmental Science have been doing field work on the Dublin campus over the last week.

A central part of the curriculum in the Spring has been focused on water management. One of the topics was land management in controlling runoff. Plants both stabilize soil and help to keep the nutrients in the soil, bare ground allows nutrition to leach out and beneficial ions such as Ca2+ are replaced with H+ leaving the soil more acidic. These problems often occur after construction or as a result of clear-cutting. These types of disturbances often make soil less hospitable for re-growth and can cause over-nutrition problems down-stream. This is one of the reasons that construction sites are mandated to install silt fences and erosion barriers to keep sediment and nutrients out of the water system.

“In it for the Long Haul” Taya Kerwin, ’18, on Pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy

Taya Kerwin, ’18, is a person who describes herself as “in it for the long haul.” While some students may enjoy the opportunity to try different sports and programs across their time at Dublin, Kerwin is someone who picked her sports at Dublin freshman year, and, as a senior, she is still pursuing her careers in sailing, theatre, and tennis.

“I get involved, and I like to grow into what I am doing,” she describes.

“I like that you feel really committed to whatever you are doing,” says Kerwin. “You see yourself growing into a leadership program. You watch your leaders when you are young and think, ‘I can do that.’ And then you take time and practice to figure out how.”