Tag Archives: Master Learners

Reorganizing the GCE Library

After inventing a hypothetical library system, my final action project for my independent study was to create an actual system to organize the GCE library. I began with the library in room C, where the English/History classes take place. The books were piled haphazardly into a closed filing cabinet. I pulled them out stack by Read More…

Area in Architecture

For the final action project in Street Math, we looked at how math is used to create certain types of atmosphere in urban planning. I was interested in how architects maximize or minimize space without creating atmospheres of claustrophobia or exaggerated distance. To do this, it is important to calculate area of a room. Below Read More…

(Slut)Walking in Memphis

ZF and I worked together for our last Action Project in Policy to start a conversation on our streets and through the internet about sexual harassment and rape culture. We did this using the Slutwalk movement as an example, but taking our own spin on it. We designed our own mini posters (pictured above) to Read More…

Service: Chicago Books to Women in Prison

The third unit of our humanities class, Policy, focused on rights. Our action project was to find an organization that promoted a human right and volunteer for them. Being a feminist who loves to read, I chose to serve Chicago Books to Women in Prison, which empowers and educates women behind bars by delivering donated Read More…

Thermal Expansion

For this action project in Street Math, the goal was to contextualize a math problem in the world of urban planning. I decided to work with thermal expansion, a concept I had studied in my physics class last year. It was interesting to understand its actual effects in the world of engineering in addition to Read More…

Exploration Library

For my independent study, in addition to transcribing poems of Fernando Pessoa, I have been studying different ways of archiving and organizing libraries. After reading related texts and visiting libraries, including the Newberry Library and the Poetry Foundation, I created my own (sadly hypothetical) library. Even once I had my plan, it was a long Read More…

Rape Culture Infograph

For the Humanities course Policy, the second action project was to represent data using an infograph. Since I am a feminist, I was interested in studying statistics relating to rape culture. Specifically, the judicial response to cases of rape seemed like powerful information to visualize, because it is startling to see how few rapists ever Read More…

Bridge Building

The first action project for the STEM course Urban Planning was to build a two-foot bridge. After studying examples of trusses and bridges in the area, we designed our own and set about building them. It was a tricky process but we learned a lot about the benefits or downsides of certain materials, and how Read More…

Let There Be Light

The first action project for the Humanities course Policy was to write a proposal for a zoning change we would like to take place in our ward. My neighborhood gets very dark at night and has many pedestrians passing through, so I thought it would be important to better light key areas. I began by Read More…

Time-Telling Device – AW

In the final unit of our Light & Sound class, we studied the way time works in the universe. Our action project was to invent a device that could tell time. Mine is based on the rotation of sunflowers– specifically, sunflower buds, since I learned that the flowers do not rotate to face the sun Read More…