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Science Minimesters A Big Hit

Sophomores Keely Harris, Tahirih Williams and Sophie Zelony aim their water spout in Mr. Hattori's Hydraulics class.

Sophomores Keely Harris, Tahirih Williams and Sophie Zelony aim their water spout in Mr. Hattori’s Hydraulics class.

Science Department Chair Jonathan Day may have actually come up with a great idea: science minimesters. For a full eight-day rotation, students take a science class that appeals to their academic curiosity. This year, choices ranged from Origami with Dr. Pearson to Pharmacology (the study of drugs) with Ms. Harrell. Students picked their top three favorites out of a list of classes available during their science period, and hoped that they got their number one choice.

“I didn’t get my first choice,” said junior Carlee Pokalsky, “but I’m glad I didn’t. Origami was extremely interesting and fun.” Dr. Pearson received great reviews from everyone who took the Origami class. Each day they learned how to apply the science of paper folding to real life applications. They made paper airplanes, origami cranes, throwing toys and many more interesting paper devices.

Another favorite course was Introduction to Engineering with Mrs. Korb. “It was even better than I’d hoped for,” said sophomore Ross Cefalu. “We did a new challenge each day based on engineering. It was very fun. Also, Mrs. Korb was very helpful and taught us a lot about the subject.”

Another bonus with minimesters is that you always end up with new kids from different grades. “I loved meeting all the new people in my class,” said freshman Michael Simon. “Building waterfalls with them was a great way to bond.”

Last year, as minimesters were in their infancy, not everything went according to plan. Many students did not sign up and were hunted down, and because the classes were in the trailers, space was tight for some activities. This year, all was perfect. Only a couple of students (sophomore Jack Rubenstein) had to be reminded constantly to sign up.

The new Upper School seemed as though it was made specifically for building waterfalls. The new mud rooms made it a piece of cake for Mr. Ballard’s Swamp Ecology students to clean off all the dirt and mud. All in all, ministers have become a Pace favorite, with most students hoping that they will return again next year.