In 2016, Denis Maguire joined the faculty and took over the DUT program with Phinney. Maguire, an accomplished player at Bowdoin had high hopes in his first year. He expected the high level techniques and strategies that he had learned at Bowdoin and in club ultimate to translate instantly to the Dublin field. While some did, most did not, and Maguire realized that the team simply wasn’t ready for what he thought would work. As the 2016 season progressed, Maguire and Phinney refocused on developing throwing fundamentals and implementing a zone defense to counteract the potent offenses that they faced. While the team made progress through 2016, competitive results lagged — games were closer than before but the overall record reflected our inexperience.
If you walk up the stairs to the Wing and Hollow loft, the upstairs open-plan room in one of our boys’ dormitories, you will meet this a builder’s studio. Bordered with snow boots, winter gear, and general storage items, you will see tools, duct tape, coils of wires, and a stunning army-style robotic suit. On recent nights, you will see students in Wing and Hollow marveling at the suit, trying it on, testing its movement function, and helping the designer photograph his work.
Dublin AP Environmental Studies students are partnering with the the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England in their Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project. Through several long-term ecological research projects, the MERE Project is working to develop an in-depth understanding of Mount Monadnock’s current ecological patterns and processes. As climate changes in the years to come, the MERE Project will monitor its progression by looking at what changes occur to the composition of the natural communities of Mount Monadnock.
Mayfair Weekend had a new addition this year - The 2017 Parent/Student Dublin Open on the Horgan Tennis Courts. Organized as a kind of round robin doubles tournament, over 20 students, parents and teachers participated in this new favorite. Partners were drawn randomly for each pro-set and the winners were determined by the most games won, regardless of partner. Yates Desel '17, Calvin Bates '17, Owen Morner '18 and Sara Hamilton P'18,P'20 went on to compete in the finals with Calvin and Sara taking the win. A special thank you goes out to Robert Desel P'17 for organizing this inaugural tournament.
One of the options for Seniors at Dublin School is to engage in a year-ong Senior Project. Senior Project offers students the opportunity to engage in rigorous study centered around a question or topic that is of special interest to them. The course has both a scholarly and a creative, or applied, component and students are given college-level expectations of independence, time management, and advanced analytical and creative problem solving.
As the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall is about to undergo renovation, this morning (May 15th) was our traditional Moving Down Day Ceremony where seniors leave Morning Meeting for the last time and the junior class replaces them in the front rows.
Our robotics season is over and yet the planning for next year has already begun. We use the same iterative design in the program that we use for the robot. It starts with a retrospective on what was done in the past, what worked and what didn’t, and what are new areas to explore next time? That’s how the season began last fall and it is how we will prepare for next fall. We had ambitious ideas for this year and although not all of them worked out, both students and mentors learned from the experience. We will use that information to formulate the next iteration of how we proceed.
“Steam powered” is a play on words. The challenge this year for FIRST Robotics was named Steamworks and was a steampunk themed game with dirigible-like air ships. It is also a reference to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and the trending inclusion of arts into the acronym. Innovation requires creativity in order to find a new perspective on problem solving. Math and science are the core of the program and being able to nurture an idea from a formula into a three foot cube of a robot takes imagination!
Imagine being a Freshman in a new school. Imagine walking around after returning from a three-day camping trip, but you are returning to a place where you know no one except those you’ve just bonded with on the trip, but they’ve all gone off to their dorms. You are a day student, and you aren’t sure where to go. You are tired from your recent adventure in the wilderness, your hair is tangled with campfire smoke and unwashed sweat, and you are not sure what to do: call your parents? Check the student center? Meet your fellow Freshmen somewhere?