Miniterm & Microterm
Mini-term is a one-month intensive project-based class in the month of January. Students get to select a class and spend a whole month diving into topics surrounding their topic in an interdisciplinary manner.
This years will be posted in mid-November. Please talk with your mentor if you have questions.
For Mini-Term Transportation
- Behind the Numbers: Exploring the Saga ofour Mathematical Reality
- Project Mindful -Break out of your comfort zone to create a healthier you
- Sherlocking-Deduce This!
- SAMi Podcast Season One: Judgement Day
- Early Learning Center
- The Pain in Spain
It’s easy to think that people have always counted, measured, and added the way we do today, but that is not the case. In this class we will explore the mathematics of several ancient civilizations, such as how the Babylonians used their base 60 (?!) number system and how the Mayans built a calendar more accurate than our own. We will observe how controversial numbers like zero and the square root of two developed -literally numbers that people died for. We will run across globetrotters like Fibonacci and cult leaders like Pythagoras. We will see how society, number systems, and technology have always been intertwined on the quest to solve problems and further our common understanding of the world. This journey continues today with modern computing and will carry on into the future. Join this miniterm for a glimpse into the wild, dynamic story of mathematics.
Do you feel stressed out? Do you experience anxiety or depression in your daily life? Have you faced traumas that affect your ability to experience life and live fully? Our current fast-paced world is tough on our bodies and minds. Students will walk away from the course with a better sense of who they are, a set of tools and exercises to use when they feel stressed, anxious or sad, and an overall senseof well-being.This course will explore what is happening to your brain as a result of stress, anxiety, and trauma and how to manage it. We will create healthy habits of mind and body, such as mindfulness, daily exercise, journaling, mediation and self-care. We will begin the course with a week of self-discovery, followed by a week of learning tools to combat anxiety, depression and trauma. Finally, we will end with a week of looking outside of ourselves through gratitude and service. Bring your open-mindand willingness to break out of your comfort zone to participate in all above mentioned healthy habits!
Are you a forensics junkie? Do you like solving mysteries? Do you like the science behind mysteries? Spoiler Alert: For the faint of blood, this term is not for you.Come read, then watch Sherlock Holmes short stories and study the forensics behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries. Each week, students will study a new mystery and complete forensic labs associated with the mystery of the week. Then teams will have their go at Sherlocking: Write a mystery and create its forensic crime scene. Scientists and mystery writers will use their deductive logic to solve each other’s crimes. Bring your observation, math, science and creative thinking skills to make and solve mysteries all month long.
Should a city be able to ban annoying speech? Should a person be allowed to burn a United States flag? Can a dance rock band give itself a derogatory name, even if it is offensive to others? Learn the history behind and answers to these questions as we study United States Supreme Court cases that have more of an impact on you than you know. Share your knew knowledge with others in the podcasts you create about these cases and about judges and the justice system. Learn the ins and outs of podcasting from a real live podcaster.
This class includes two main components. One where we will be learning about child development and what is required to work in a child care setting. Second we will be working directly with preschool classes from Tacoma Public schools. Four different classes will come to Sami for experiences in the zoo and possibly the woods. You will be expected to be outside in all weather, lead and interact with small groups of preschool children, and prepare materials for the preschool class experiences. All students participating in this course will be required to fill out and pass a state
What’s going on in Barcelona? Why are the Spanish people rioting in the streets? Why does Catalonia want to be independent from Spain? In this class we are going to take a look at the history and culture of Spain and gain an understanding of what has been leading to this incredible time of upheaval and change. We plan on connecting with real Spanish people via skype and hearing their personal struggles with Catalan independence. Barcelona is one of the liveliest, most unusual and artistically vibrant cities of the world. The art form which dominates the architecture of Barcelona is ceramic tile. We will be experimenting with the art of tile mosaic and learn how this ancient art form has flourished in Spain. Students will produce their own ceramic tile piece and have an opportunity to collaborate on a group tile mural!
Microterm is an intensive one-week dive into an interdiciplinary project in June. Teachers across the school will team up to combind their passions for the last week of school and guide students through working together on a project. Seniors will not participate, well since they have graduated!
Have a great idea? Pitch it to a co-director and they may be able to pair you with a staff member.
Example's of Prior Microterm's
- #Getting Outside
- Mural Painting
- Hike and Explore
- The Amazing Race
- Fear Factor: An Exploration of the Psychology of Fear
- The Secret Messages of Dreams
- Get Your Golf On
- Stenciling the Zoo
- Spread the Joy Across Generations
- Welcome Zoo Video - Spanish Style
- Fiber Arts
- Now Hiring: Lifeguards!
- Ready, Set, Disconnect
- The Science of Happiness