Ever wonder how Athenian faculty get ready to dive back into the school year? This year, we played Athenian-themed Pokémon Go! Which really means we had an elaborate scavenger hunt on campus framed around the Mandala, our blueprint for quality education. Just as we ask our students to get out of their seats and/or put their hands and minds directly on the materials, our Deans of Faculty designed an opening game that would get us moving, talking, feeling, and thinking. Activities included writing a haiku about the Center for the Arts, singing a ditty about the Dase Center, calculating the number of people who could lie down in the Peanut (the grassy area in the Middle School), taking a selfie with the AWE Gate, and writing a poem about the School’s campus and land. We thought we’d share some of the creative thinking that came out of our talented Upper and Middle faculty in just one short hour. See how many types of thinking and learning you can count.
Haiku About the Center for the Arts
Shine paint into fire
Sway bodies cheek to moon
Here we mold desires
Hands oozing in clay
Bodies swirling to the dance
Metaphor made real
Heads hidden among the trees
Lights and camera
Songs, music of the ages
Dance sculpt create live
Sound Movement Beauty
All of you joined In this house
Alas, no parking
Building late at night
Dancing, singing, creating
Gather and reflect
art lives here always
reflecting what’s in our souls
Clay bust enigma
Dancing acting and building
Methods for Calculating How Many People Can Fit in the Peanut
17 Esteban leaps across the length of the peanut, 10 Esteban leaps across the wide part of the peanut, roughly 4 people per leap, we estimate 500 – 680 adults lying down with an average person height of 5 ft 5 inches.
333 adults will fit in the peanut lying down.
9 yd radius
5 yd radius
We calculated the approximate diameter of each of the two approximate circles of the peanut. We assumed a person takes up one square yard.
Our answer is 378 people. Lying on the ground, we figured that a person fit in a square yard. We paced off the two circles of the peanut and averaged the two to find roughly a rectangle of 27 yards by 14 yards. Since our yardage is easy…one person is one square yard…out 378 square yards means 378 people.
We used computational thinking to separate the problem into parts and then wrote an algorithm to compute the solution.
3.14 x 27 squared
2289 + 594+157= 3040
Avg human height = 5 ft 6 inches
3040/7.15= 425 people
350 adults (average 5.5 ft grand 1.5 ft width) lying on their backs, minimum, adjusting for curves, tree and rocks.
We think 380 adults could lie down in the peanut. We added and averaged all our guesses.
Method: Took nut, made it into 2 circles. Found area of each. Added together. Estimate area of average person. Divide.
golden rolling sacred
So many stories
Monte mistranslated mountain, thanks invading Spanish.
Alluding Spaniards; Murrieta’s hideout; inspiring growth.
Devilish beauty; “nothing gold can stay”