Ballistics and Pomfret
How can we use ballistics to improve the Pomfret School community?
Students participating will brainstorm, design, and test ballistic devices in order to help Pomfret School, including the possibilities of T-Shirt launchers for the gym, lacrosse ball cannons for the field, and hockey puck launchers for the rink. They’ll practice the engineering design cycle as they calculate, troubleshoot, and follow the best safety practices for making objects move at high speeds.
Engineering for Social Good
How can the principles of engineering (ideation, design, prototyping, and implementation) be harnessed to achieve a social good?
Engineers solve problems by fashioning solutions tailored to meet specific design constraints. In Engineering for a Social Good, students will explore the engineering cycle (inquiry, imagine, plan, create, test/evaluate, improve, implement) and build solution strategies, devices, and prototypes that offer a social benefit. Students will build capacity through teamed challenges (e.g. design a crosswalk that better serves the School community) and then embark on a personal engineering project that makes the world a better place.
Into the Woods
What local forest resources from the Pomfret campus can be used to make tools, furniture, or art?
We will be using forest materials from the Pomfret campus to make art, furniture, and tools.
Treehouse Masters in the Making
Is building a tree house child's play?
The group will build a tree house from start to finish. The Project will identify the type of tree, locate an area on campus with said tree, speak to the CFO about possible insurance and safety issues, design the tree house using CAD design, build it with materials from the salvage yard in Brooklyn as well as the local Lowes and ensure that the house will last for years to come.
Words in Motion
How can the media of language, movement, and graphics be fused together to more effectively convey a theme to a community?
Words in Motion will attempt to fuse dance, poetry and motion graphics so as to convey and accentuate a common theme. All movement choreography, graphic design, and poetry writing will be envisioned and executed by students who will collaborate to produce a culminating performance.
99 Problems But a Story Ain’t One of Them
How can we raise community awareness to current social ills or political problems through Hip Hop music?
In this course students will learn about the origin and evolution of the Hip Hop genre and will study and practice the art and science of writing and producing Hip Hop songs. Our focus this year will involve creating original Hip Hop songs that raise community awareness to current social ills or political problems
Happy & Healthy on the Hilltop
How can we make Pomfret happier and healthier?
In this project, students will identify and explore key health and wellness-related issues with the ultimate goal of improving the overall Pomfret experience in a meaningful way. Topics will vary according to interest and may include sleep studies, relationships, the teenage brain, meditation, yoga, nutrition, and emotional intelligence. After delving into their topics more deeply and conducting the appropriate research, students will serve as consultants for the school and publicly present their findings and recommendations.
Activism within the LGBT Movement
What has the LGBTQ movement accomplished for gay rights and how should this activism evolve after marriage equality?
What has the LGBT movement accomplished and how should this activism evolve after marriage equality? This project delves into the history of LGBT rights and anticipates the legal and social issues ahead.
Conversations On Understanding Racial And Gendered Experiences
How can males and females together create greater mutual understanding through conversations on race and gender?
Through the experience of this project we aim to offer students enriching opportunities to see and practice the art of conversation. Focused on the essential topics of race and gender, we will dare to move into speaking and listening honestly and respectfully about issues that can seem too hard and are often avoided with adolescents in the context of their learning and growth. We believe that males and females of different colors and cultures stand much to gain from entering into these fierce conversations together. Not only will students develop greater skill for and appreciation of this type of group process and conversation, but they will also work collaboratively to create programming for our school community to be implemented during the winter Q.U.E.S.T. program on gender issues.
Food and Community
What is good food and how does it affect a sense of community?
Food and Community introduces students to some of the foundations of cooking
while also exploring the relationship between food and communities across the globe.
Through research, technology and collaboration, students will build recipes, menus, and instructional videos.
Traditional Clothing and Modern Fashion
Can modern clothing have influences from traditional cultures?
In this project, we will explore how traditional clothing influence modern fashion design within various cultures and eras. We will visit museums, textile collections, art school fashion design classes, and experience hands-on outfit making projects.
Gol: A Global Passion
What is about fútbol that unites, divides, and invigorates communities around the world?
We will study the origins and global widespread of the sport and its multiple socioeconomic facets.
An Interactive Art Installation on Campus
How can we develop an idea from a concept into an interactive sculpture/art installation, with a genuine message that encourages debate?
We will explore every component in the production of a piece of art, which will ultimately be created in a collaborative effort between students and two faculty. The finish piece will be displayed on campus.
How do we create an entrepreneurial mindset, a chance to exercise leadership and collaboration, learn about intelligent risk-taking, financial literacy and effective business models through creating and selling our own works of art?
Students will learn about financial literacy and effective business models through creating our own Pomfret Etsy shop featuring their own handmade creations ranging from handmade jewelry, knitted hats and scarves, hand designed sneakers, paintings, belts, bags and more.