The 2017 ICGL Climate Showcase spotlighted social entrepreneurship programs, as well as Lower, Middle, and Upper School students’ study of and responses to the climate challenges we face. WATCH to learn how the The Year of Climate has changed the Pace community.
On April 25, Lower School students participating in the Mini and JuniorPreneur after-school programs hosted Market Day. Parents, faculty and friends gathered in the Inman Center cafeteria to celebrate the young business leaders and hear from program participants past and present. Lower School students then pitched their products to guests in hopes of selling their wares.
JuniorPreneurs (grades four and five) raised $1,148.25 and decided to donate their proceeds to The Ellis School, a school for children with complex communication needs and multiple disabilities. MiniPreneurs (grades two and three) will donate the $659.90 they raised to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the ASPCA.
First graders in Lower School science teacher Katie Sandlin’s class participated in this year’s Smithsonian Global Invent It Challenge, which asks students to think about a real-world issue and come up with a solution using the Spark!Lab seven-step process of invention.
“Students selected their own environmental or global problem,” Sandlin explains. “I then placed them in groups based on their interests.” Teams worked on their projects in science, technology and Design Thinking classes, and every first grader was represented when teams submitted their projects to the competition.
From 193 entries submitted worldwide, three Pace teams received Honorable Mention recognition: Harper Doheny and Estelle Levitt (air pollution); Charlie Hall, Hudson Nelson and Henry Sukenik (factory pollution); Eduardo Ambra, Kyla Gray and Carter Marsico (deforestation). Congratulations, inventors!
Earlier this month, three members of the Spanish Club and International Student Alliance, led by faculty sponsor Paula Pontes and accompanied by teacher Christina Snyder, spent a Saturday morning volunteering with the Sandy Springs Mission’s English-as-a-Second-Language program.
The group worked with individuals in the Community Computer Club at Lake Forest Elementary School, helping those with limited English skills check email, keep in touch with family abroad, find online coupons and perform other computer-related tasks.
“It was a very fun and rewarding experience,” says Pontes. “We hope to go back in the future with more volunteers.”