Educating future change makers
An independent elementary and middle school in Menlo Park, CA, Synapse offers an advanced academic curriculum fully integrated with social emotional learning. The program is carefully designed as a model school to demonstrate the power of blending Six Seconds’ emotional intelligence programs with leading-edge instruction that is brain-based, project driven, and based on constructivist learning in school-wide themes. Our combined-grade classes are small, with two co-teachers in each classroom. Our progressive assessment culminates in personalized education plans for each student rather than evaluation by a traditional grading system. With the goal of educating future change makers, who are prepared to take on the world's many challenges, Synapse provides an engaging intellectual environment for students.
The Tech Challenge
On April 12th and 13th, our 5th-8th grade students competed in The Tech Challenge at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation. Our 7th/8th grade team, who named themselves [bad pun about wind], took home a "Judges' Choice" award in the category of "Best Use of Recycled Materials" for their creative spinning sail prototype. Additionally, our enthusiastic 5th/6th grade team, the TechBusters, won the Best Team Spirit Award.
The focus for this year's Tech Challenge was Harnessing the Wind. The Tech Challenge, which this year drew 1,600 participants, "presents participants with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem. This year’s challenge saw students harness the power of wind to move water in three minutes or less to the people who need it most. Ingenious devices ranged from cardboard and water bottles to PVC pipe and wood. In addition to showing off their inventions, participants also presented their journals to a panel of judges, which for the first time, included some Silicon Valley CEOs".
Applications were due January 15, 2014. Applications received after January 15th will be considered after March 20th in our second pool of applicants on a space-available basis. Application fees will be due upon activation of the process should space be available in the applicant's grade level. The likelihood of admission from the second applicant pool is greater in the middle school grades given our expansion plans for next year.
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