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Jan Micha Women in History Program

When you walk a mile in the footsteps of greatness, you too can become great. For many years Grade 4 Hamlin students have taken the stage in front of their peers and parents, giving voice to inspiring women who came before them. Students select a woman from history, do extensive research from multiple sources, then embody that person, presenting in character with substance, poise and eloquence. When Hamlin alumnae come back to visit, they often cite their Women in History presentation as an enduring hallmark of their education.

This year students are representing the following women:

Suffragists, Abolitionists, and Social Activists:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angela Davis

Educators, Writers, and Journalists:

Martha Foote Crow, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller, Mercy Otis Warren, Barbara Walters, Nellie Bly, Ida Tarbell

Scientists:

Margaret E. Knight, Mary Edwards Walker, Laurie Marker, Sylvia Earle, Matilda Moldenhauer Brooks, Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Blackwell, Dian Fossey, Helen Fairchild, Clara Barton

Mathematicians and Computer Scientists:

Grace Hopper, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson

Visual Artists and Performing Artists:

Maya Lin, Harriet Powers, Marian Anderson, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Temple, Misty Copeland, Isadora Duncan

Athletes:

Wilma Rudolph, Katherine Switzer, Cathy Reese, Bethany Hamilton

Entrepreneurs:

Christina Tosi, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Juliette Gordon Low, Oprah Winfrey

Leaders:

Deborah Sampson, Sybil Ludington, Belle Boyd, Queen Liliuokalani, Madeleine Albright, Abigail Adams, Michelle Obama, Eleanor Roosevelt

Hamlin 6th Grader Wins “Growing Up Asian in America” Contest

Hamlin 6th grader Abbie C., recently had her awards ceremony for placing first for her poster artwork in the annual Growing Up Asian in America contest. Abbie gave a confident acceptance speech about the theme of food insecurity for children (her poster about the topic appears above).

Abbie has entered this contest every year since second grade. Each year she has placed or received an honorable mention. This is the second time Abbie’s poster has won first place in her age category.

Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.

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Hamlin: A Bright Schools National Finalist

Hamlin 7th graders Sofia M. and Jacqueline F. were recently named National Finalists in the Bright Schools Competition.

Their project, How will blue light emitted from iPads affect how you learn and sleep? is one of 50 National Finalists in the Innovative STEM Competition for Students in Grades 6-8.

Sofia M. and Jacqueline F., along with their teacher Melissa Alfred, have been named national finalists in the 2nd annual Bright Schools Competition™. The competition is a collaborative effort of the National Sleep Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association that encourages students in grades 6-8 to explore the correlation between light and sleep and how it influences student health and performance.

“The Bright Schools Competition is a celebration of the talent and ingenuity of our youth, providing students with a unique opportunity to think critically while exploring the connection between light and sleep,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “Congratulations to all of the national finalists for their hard work, enthusiasm, and imaginative ideas.”

Under the mentorship of an adult coach/teacher, teams of two to four students identify, investigate, and research an issue related to light and sleep as it pertains to their community and/or young adolescents. Using scientific inquiry or engineering design concepts, teams develop a prototype, create an awareness campaign, or write a research proposal for the competition. Each team then submits a written report detailing their project along with a three-minute video showcasing their investigation. Projects are evaluated on the basis of several criteria, including scientific accuracy, innovativeness, and potential impact.

More information about the competition is available at http://brightschoolscompetition.org/.

 

Reflecting on a Hamlin Education

On May 9th, Hamlin welcomed back six members of the class of 2013. These intelligent young women reflected on their Hamlin education in front of an audience of faculty members, staff and trustees. Hamlin’s Head of School, Wanda Holland Greene, led a vibrant and insightful discussion, asking the students about their time at Hamlin related to: feminism, their core values, their academic preparation, and their passions. Below are some of their thoughts.

Feminism:

-I find myself still thinking about lessons learned from 4th grade. My beliefs are secure, I’m not scared to express what I believe.

-Hamlin taught me to cultivate a viewpoint and stand with it. I also know that I have a community of women to fall back on.

-When I think about why I’m a feminist, I think about Hamlin. Today I feel more comfortable bringing up feminism in a classroom discussion.

-Hamlin taught me how to lean in to discomfort and gave me the tools to later comprehend intersectional feminism; the understanding that there are overlapping systems of discrimination in our society.

Core Values:

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Hamlin Students Win NASA’s Optimus Prime Challenge

Students were asked to use their imagination and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world. Items such as memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, shoe insoles, water filters/purification, cochlear implants, satellite television, and long-distance telecommunications were first developed for a NASA mission and then, re-worked to make everyday life easier.

To display their research and ideas, students used a combination of text, images and videos, to create a Glogster Multimedia Poster. This poster was submitted and the student ideas shared with NASA.

The two winning Hamlin 7th graders (Alexa T. and Ellie J.) researched Thermawing technology, which prevents plane wings from freezing. They redesigned it to be put in greenhouses to keep crops from freezing in the winter. They also made a physical model of their spinoff creation.

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Hamlin Alumnae Return for Career Day

On May 5th, Hamlin’s east dining room was filled with the wisdom of women. Twelve dynamic Hamlin alumnae returned to campus to tell stories, speak about their professional journeys, and impart valuable advice to our Class of 2017 students.

The morning opened with Rose Helm interviewing the insightful Alexandra Suich, ’00. Suich is a journalist and serves as The Economist’s U.S. technology editor. She spoke about her love of Hamlin, sharing fond memories of writing fables in Ms. Metcalf’s English class, and contributing pieces to the Blue Stockings literary magazine. “At Hamlin, I felt the power of seeing words in print, I carried that with me through my life and into my current job at The Economist. Hamlin also inculcated my belief in championing women’s rights.” Suich spoke about the intimidation she felt when first assigned by The Economist to cover finance and hedge funds. She stuck with the finance beat and learned, “any subject can be conquered if you are willing to put in the work.” Suich also talked about the importance of not being afraid to ask basic questions to fully understand a topic. In terms of life advice, She stressed the importance of regular exercise, cultivating an inner circle of inspiring people, and knowing when to say no to potential opportunities.

After the opening interview, students had the chance to learn from the alumnae through rotating table conversations. The engagement between students and grads was profound and meaningful.

8th grader Ava L., shares her thoughts about career day in this video:

Deep appreciation to the Hamlin alumnae who joined us:

Monica Brown Andrews, ’84: In-house counsel, Equinix

Malieka Bundy, ’88: Sr. Solution Developer, Avanade

Krista Canellakis, ’96: Deputy Innovation Officer, Office of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee

Katharine Gin, ’86: Executive Director, Educators for Fair Consideration

Amy Harrington, ’90: Attorney and Sonoma City Councilwoman

Alexis Gerber Howerton, ’99: CEO, Spruce Biosciences

Kate Larsen, ’97: Reporter, ABC7

Kaytea Petro, ’92: Protest Artist & Marketing Director, McRoskey Mattress Co.

Jenny Soong, ’99: Ecologist

Alexandra Suich, ’00: U.S. Technology Editor, The Economist

Giselle Talkoff, ’95: Police Officer, SFPD

Vera Chan Waller, ’88: Owner, Yank Sing Restaurant

 

Earth Day: The Future of Food

Last Friday we celebrated Earth Day with a myriad of activities that engaged and educated students. In the build up to Earth Day we explored The Future of Food through conversations, videos, and a hands on project that measured how much food is wasted each day at Hamlin.

We investigated the following questions (among others): How is our food made and how far does it travel? Why are we wasting so much food? Why doesn’t everyone have access to healthy food? What can we do with excess and imperfect food? How can we help those who can’t afford food?

The following array of events took place:

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Hamlin 7th Graders to Launch Experiments into Space

Cubes in Space™ a program by idoodledu inc., in collaboration with NASA’s Langley Research Center, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Colorado Space Grant Consortium, offers global design competitions for students 11-18 years of age to develop STEAM-based experiments for launch into space.

Used in formal or informal learning environments, students and educators are exposed to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experiment to be integrated into a small cube. Throughout the experience, students develop key 21st century skills; communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Since 2014, Cubes in Space has flown nearly 400 experiments representing 1500 educators and over 20,000 students from 57 different countries. This year nearly 600 educators and thousands of students from 39 countries participated and proposed experiments for placement on a NASA sounding rocket or high-altitude scientific balloon mission.  A total of 160 experiments were selected and were designed by students from Australia, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Serbia, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, the and the United States of America.

The experiments will be launched via sounding rocket in late June 2017 from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia or by high-altitude scientific balloon in late summer 2017 from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico.

The following Hamlin student experiments will be launched this summer:

Maya W. and Sofia I. “Graphene Filament Voltage in Stratosphere versus on Earth”
They are looking at using a special carbon 3-D printing filament that is electrically conductive. The girls want to test the affects of the filament in space to see if it could be used as an electrical wire on Mars for possible colonization, since Mars has a lot of carbon as a building material source.

Della W. and Annie S. “How do high levels of UV-A/UV-B rays affect the efficiency of protective sunglass lenses?” They are looking at how polarized and regular sunglasses protect against UV rays with the higher UV intensity of space. Higher intensities are seen in different areas of the Earth, day to day while flying in an airplane and often from human interaction or after a global event such as a tsunami. Pollution or a tsunami can release toxins into the air that affect ozone protection and increase the UV levels.

Special thanks to Hamlin teacher Melissa Alfred, for her guidance with this important work.

For more information about Cubes in Space, please visit: http://www.cubesinspace.com/

 

Thrive Global Interviews Wanda Holland Greene

Read the article here: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/wanda-holland-greene-on-reclaiming-her-space-and-sanity-a81f2c2b8b28

 

Hamlin 1st Graders Interview Local Businesses

First graders have been studying neighborhoods and community. As part of their work they have been conducting insightful interviews.

Click here to listen to the interviews: https://sites.google.com/hamlin.org/neighborhood-interviews/home

Click here to learn more about the 1st grade community project work: http://pubs.hamlin.org/blog/2016/10/28/hamlin-1st-graders-explore-community/