VIRTUAL LEARNING EXHIBITION
Welcome to Kents Hill School's 2019-20 Virtual learning Exhibition!
What happens when knowledge, skills, character, and reflection come together? Extraordinary things. At Kents Hill School, we believe that learning is so much more than listening to content and memorizing facts. Here, our students dive deeply into content areas that interest them and wrestle with real-world issues and problems. Faculty members act as guides - not lecturers - as students sharpen their skills, reflect on their learning and progress, and determine who they are, what they believe in, and where they want to go.
Below you'll find a few exemplary pieces of student work for the 2019-20 academic year, many of which were completed while Kents Hill embraced a remote learning model in response to COVID-19 and unpredicted changes around the globe. Each day our students showed up and gave their best, leading to some truly extraordinary work that brings our 4D academic curriculum to life. Below, you will find work from various subjects and grade levels and in many different formats, ranging from written work to audio recordings. These pieces are accompanied by descriptions of the project written by a faculty member.
Please note that each piece of student work has the option to be viewed in a full-screen format by hovering over the selected work, and clicking the black box which appears in the upper right hand corner. We hope that you enjoy interacting with the work of our students as much as we have!
College Physics: rube goldberg machine
Students in the College Prep Physics and College Physics I classes participated in a final project challenge, which required each student to make their own Rube Goldberg machine. Students were also asked to showcase their knowledge of physics by explaining how two, or more, of their machine elements worked based on the laws and concepts of physics. In this video, you will see the Rube Goldberg Machine made by Cody C. ('21).
- Rake Moreau and Jeff Munson, Physics Teachers
Remote Woodworking: spirit animal
I decided the best way to continue teaching students the core learning objectives of woodworking, virtually, was to explore origami. Origami is the art form of folding paper into representative forms. Carefully folding a square of paper into a box or a bird is more challenging than it seems... Students developed hand/eye coordination, used critical thinking and problem-solving skills to figure out how to best complete these folding challenges on their own. For their final fold, I asked students to choose a spirit animal and create it with the help of a few online resources. This allowed them to reflect on their character as well as choose the difficulty of the folding process. This project required students to create their spirit animal using no less than 15 folds, and that they had to film their folding process. There were some truly remarkable final projects!
- Jordan Gehman, Woodworking Teacher
Jerry L. ('21)
Hunter B. ('21)
Naomi B. ('22)
JUXTAPOSE: The Literary Publication of Kents Hill School
Kents Hill School’s literary productions have seen many different iterations and forms, and have been called by many different names and titles over the school’s nearly 200 years of existence. However, the tradition that is the written word as it exists at Kents Hill School remains strong. Featured in this publication are current Kents Hill students and faculty who desire to not only tell stories but to create an experience for the reader. Through the creation of a real experience, a “single effect” as famed American writer Edgar Allan Poe called it, we can fearlessly and articulately explore the human experience. At its core, this is what creative writing is about.
- Adam Chabot: Juxtapose Faculty Advisor, Creative Writing Teacher
Algebra 1: DESIGN YOUR OWN PROJECT
For the Algebra 1 Final Project this year, students had four choices for which topic they wanted to cover in their project and five choices for what format they wished to use to present their topic. The topic options were graphing a line in slope-intercept form, graphing a linear inequality, writing the equation of a given line, or solving a multi-step linear equation. Each topic had a list of subtopics that had to be discussed in one’s project. For example, if a student selected solving a multi-step linear equation as their topic, they had to explain how to solve an equation using the distributive property in their project. Possible project formats included a poster, PowerPoint, problem set, children’s book, or video. Every student then spent three to five minutes in our final class reflection period presenting their project to the class showing and explaining worked out solutions to example problems to teach their chosen topic.
- Katie McLaughlin, Math Teacher
Noah K. ('23)
Powerpoint: Graphing a line in slope-intercept form
Rose J. ('23)
Video: Graphing a line in slope-intercept form
Myasia W. ('23)
PowerPoint: Graphing a linear inequality
Phoebe S. ('23)
Children's Book: Solving a multi-step linear equation
The Art of Short Film: QUARANTINE DAYS
My Art of Short Film class was tasked with making short films about their quarantine experiences this spring. This was a big undertaking for these students given that they had to work entirely from home and they shot these with phones. They also had no access to tripods and they had to edit the films on their own computers rather than our Mac Lab computers. There was lots of problem solving happening! Each student was able to share a piece of their experience in this time and it gives you a glimpse into their world and how they are dealing with things. The work featured here is "A Continuous Loop" by Isabel G. ('21).
- RJ Jenkins, Visual Arts Teacher
Intro to Electronic Composition: Poem Projects
For Intro to Electric Composition's Poem Projects, each student in the class picked a poem and set it to music which they had engineered on their own. The example piece is created by Taya B. ('20) and Tyler W. ('20).
- Christian Giddings, Music Program Director
This year in Global Voices students explored questions on how they define home, where they find belonging, and how their identities are shaped by their locals. During this time of sheltering at home, students examined their own rituals, relationships, and restrictions, and they captured their reflections in multimedia pieces. Highlighted work by Taya B. ('20).
- Lisa DiIorio, English Teacher
Global Voices: #Shelterinplace Stories (Re)thinking Home & Belonging
Principles of Entrepreneurship: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Students have spent the better part of the last four months developing the concept for a product/service to take to market. Students had to prepare a comprehensive business plan which summarizes their company structure, marketing plan and financial outlook. To successfully complete this assignment, students must draft an accurate startup budget, outline their competitive advantage clearly, and project how soon they hope to break even financially.
- Dr. Wilson Onu, Social Studies Teacher
French 400: PROJET DE RECOMMANDATION
In French 4, the students learned about the subjunctive mood, a grammatical mood (like the indicative and imperative moods) that is used when expressing fear, doubt, or possibility, and also when issuing commands or making recommendations. Students were asked to make a series of 10 recommendations about how to be happy and successful at Kents Hill School.
- Dr. Michael Brackett, World Language Teacher