Virtual History - Virtual Camps - McDonogh School

Virtual History

Around the World in 14 Days: Virtual Tour Through the Ages with Art and Architecture (Grade 7-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 7-12
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Dates: Two-week course: June 29-July 10
Tuition: $300
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Google Docs, Zoom
Instructor: Joanne Cho

Students will be using Google Earth and famous museum websites to visit the most iconic historic sites to learn about history in a fun, interactive way. It will be like a school trip to a foreign country, but in a virtual way chock-full of historical background from an experienced history teacher. The focus of the course will be on how the images capture a period of history. First, there will be an introduction to a general overview survey of the histories/art/architecture of several key important civilizations. Then based on student voting, the class can delve further into a destination of their choice whether it be Paris, Rome, London, Kyoto or Beijing. This course combines elements of history with creativity and artistic expression.

A culminating project will be an art installation online using digital media for students to come up with their own creations for public consumption and critique.

Philosophy for Fun (Grade 8-12)

Ages: Entering Grade 8-12
Hours: Wednesdays,  2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dates: Two-week sessions; Session I: July 1, 8; Session II: July 15, 22 (More sessions can be added if there is interest)
Tuition: $60 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer, WiFi, Zoom
Instructor: Ned Courtemanche with Avinash Thakkar and Luke Wagner 

Assumptions—from peripheral to deeply fundamental—provide the foundations for the way we view this world and experience our lives. By and large, these assumptions are hidden beneath the surface and are taken for granted by the majority of humankind, but not all. Those who are generally referred to as philosophers have always been interested in these below-the-surface realities and have attempted to either question them or understand them from various viewpoints. Socrates, who is known as the father of Western Philosophy, led the way in this effort, and have been followed by numerous others – some who are popular and others less so. 

What these philosophers studied, written down and left behind are not artifacts of the past that are meant to be kept in museums; instead, they are intended to help enlighten our ideas and thought processes, as well as our learning and investigations. 

If so, how can you and I approach philosophical investigations in an unintimidating manner? That is the fundamental question that serves as the starting point of this seminar so that you could reevaluate the way in which you view this world, come to know the assumptions that guide your daily lives, and pay attention to the notions that underlie your thoughts and actions. 

At the end of the seminar, students will be asked to participate in a Socratic Symposium. They will conduct preliminary research on a philosopher of their choice. Then, during the symposium, students will reenact their philosopher and will answer questions based on their philosopher's views. Creativity is high encouraged; thus, throughout the program, students will participate in innovative virtual activities to further enhance their experience in the course and better prepare them for the final project.

2020 Summer Fun Awaits