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Adventures & Applications (A&A)

Adventures & Applications (A&A)

Fridays at Sami, Sota and Idea are host to two one-of-a-kind classes: Mentor group, and Adventures and Applications. A&A works to broaden the individual student’s perspective by offering a deeper look into a topic of their choice. 

After lunch ends at 1:20, we make our ways to our chosen A&A classes where we will stay until school lets out at 3:20. (However, seniors , juniors in their second semester, have Junior/Senior Breakouts in place of an A&A.) While it is much like mini and microterm, this Friday-only class takes place almost exclusively at the student’s home school. Popular SAMi A&A’s include Makerspace, creative shop class lead by Johnny Devine, Superbridges, a mentorship program for high school students to get to know elementary school students, and any one of the political science or psychology courses taught by Matthew Sherls. A number of other classes are one shots with students who fit into a certain niche in mind. These include topics such as video game design, mathematical art, and exploration of the outdoors. Even if none of the descriptions on the course catalogue appeal to a student, there is always the chance to expand your horizons.

Bees at SAMI

Bees at SAMI

Behind the portables at Camp Six in Point Defiance Park, there sits a small, roofless, wooden shed. Inside of this shed is where SAMi’s newest neighbors are hard at work: Three individual hives are home to a grand total of around 150,000 bees, each playing their part in contributing the hives’ success. This apiary began as the senior project of Max Mayo, a graduate from the class of 2016. SAMi teacher Lauren Anderson lent a hand in the development of Max’s project by leading a spring A&A course on beekeeping, where students helped to construct the hives and to introduce its inhabitants.