Can I Please Have Your Atomic Number?

by Nathan Bulat, Upper School Science on October 6, 2014

Chemistry 'speed daters'

‘Speed Daters’

Maui Preparatory Academy’s iSci (Integrated Science) students recently spent some time researching a chemist and ‘became’ that chemist through costume and character. Then through a ‘speed dating’ type format they had four minutes to see if they connected with each of the other chemists.

The students portrayed early thinkers like Aristotle, alchemists of the 1500′s, and crazy-haired Russians (Dmitri Mendeleev). Female scientist, Marie Currie, who forged ahead in a highly male dominated field of study was also in the speed dating pool. Each student was a scientist who contributed to the Atomic Theory covered in the course.

Getting to know one another, chemically speaking.

Getting to know one another, chemically speaking.

The 9th and 10th grade students showed particular interest in this ‘speed dating’ activity and many created or brought in props to enhance the conversation. Students seemed to enjoy talking about themselves, even when they weren’t themselves, and they definitely enjoyed working on their ‘chemistry’ this class. But parents, don’t worry, the only numbers exchanged after this ‘speed dating’ were Atomic…


Art in Full Swing

by Kristie Fetterly, Academic Dean, Art Faculty on September 11, 2014

Students working on one-point perspective drawings of the campus

Students working on one-point perspective drawings of the campus

After an extensive overview of the main elements of art and principles of design the art classes at Maui Preparatory Academy are in full swing. This week the 4th grade students have learned one-point perspective and are creating drawings of campus for display at the Maui County Fair.

Students learned basic one-point perspective and then have been applying their understanding to various sketches until they find the one that they would like to turn into their final design. Please visit the Maui County Fair Art section to support our students art work, as well as attend the Art Gallery at Napili Coffee Store and Plaza on October 16th from 5-7pm. This community gallery event will replace the Lower School Arts night; however, will provide community involvement and a relaxing atmosphere to sip a nice beverage and view art work in a gallery setting. Art presented at this gallery will be from students in grades K, 2, and 4. Students in grades 1, 3, and 5 will have art classes starting in October and will have a community gallery in December. Thank you for your support of the arts.

Students working on their classroom drawings utilizing one-point perspective

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