Most kids spend their spring break relaxing and watching television, but not Beacon students! Here are some highlights of what kept them busy for the past two weeks.
Classes at MIT
Abandoning the idea of a break, Beacon students spent the first weekend of their spring break taking classes at MIT. Along with thousands of other 8th graders from across the northeast, they participated in the annual Spark Program. Already reasonably priced for participants, MIT’s Educational Studies Program generously funded the experience for each of our students. All students got to choose their classes ahead of time and topics included statistics, art, linguistics, psychology, and much more. Some of the favorite classes were “Writing a One-Minute Film,” “The Science of Language,” “Let’s Talk About the NBA,” “The Science of Chocolate,” and “Printmaking.” The students also participated in drop-in sessions during free periods. By far the most popular session was the Mutant Plushie Lab in which students took apart stuffed animals and sewed them back together into new creative creatures.
Institute of Contemporary Art
On the recommendation of our friends Kathy Weinman, Fran Putnoi, and Carol Michael, the students visited the ICA and specifically the exhibit “When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination in the American South.” Student Brittney Smith reflected, “[The exhibit] not only made me think about the world that I live in, but it also made me think about the world the artists live in.”
Skiing with the Nobles Ski Team
Thanks to the amazing work of our Board Chair, Pam Dickinson, Beacon students started out their Spring Break with a day of skiing, with help from the ski team from Noble and Greenough School. They learned the fundamentals, and almost all were going up the chairlift by the end of the day! Find more pictures from this wonderful day here.
CoCo Key and Luau Dinner
On their last weekend of break, our students and a group of Alumni, as well as faculty and staff, joined together for a swim party and luau dinner organized by Beacon Board member Lyndsay Charron. Everyone had a blast going on the slides and swimming!