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Building Worlds to Change the World

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Written By: Daniel Bess, AP Biology and Earth, Space, Science Facilitator

As a facilitator here at New Tech, we have many opportunities to work with learners in after school clubs - Community Service club, Red Cross club, America for Africa club, Astronomy club, Outdoor Adventure club, just to name a few. I happen to sponsor a group called “Table Top Games Club”. We are currently in the midst of a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) campaign, and this has offered me a glimpse of the work our Dungeon Master (DM) has put into the fun we have every week after school.

A DM is the storyteller - they build the world, and the various quests, as well as paint vivid pictures of the actions that take place as a result of players’ choices and their luck in rolling dice to complete those actions. If you have ever played D&D, you know how exciting it can be to find yourself in another world, role playing, exploring, and tackling a crazy story line with your friends. The success or the failure of th…

Project Spotlight: Quinceañera Expo

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Written by Norrie Brassfield, Spanish Facilitator
“I liked that I had the ability to actually have a conversation with a native Spanish speaker at the mall and the Expo.”  
“ I really liked creating the dress, and seeing how the entire theme came together. Seeing that all our hard work paid off, made everything worth it. Especially winning the dress competition.”
“I liked how it was very real world learning. That we applied the Spanish we learned to the real world.”
These are just a few of the reflections after the Quinceañera Expo recently held by the Spanish 2 classes.  Groups were organized into event planning companies to create booths for the Expo that would present ideas and options for venues, catering, flowers, transportation, music, entertainment, dresses, accessories and gifts for a Quinceañera.
While researching this coming of age tradition learners began to understand the religious and cultural significance of this event in the lives of their peers and also discovered that Qu…