the final session of the design like a girl 2017-2018 session:
girls first designed a vision board for imaginary clients, then made scale models.
here is mercyGirl’s artshed model.
all the girls presented their designs. no two were alike and all of them had thoughtful elements that made me utter quiet exclamations of surprise.
i’m hopeful for the future of women in architecture & design.
prayerGirl made a butterfly skirt in sewing class to go with the vest she made earlier.
signGirl participated in her first batizado (capoeira initiation ceremony) with Capoeira Malês DC, along with a performance and troca de corda (changing of cords).
the kids planned an amazing show with a bit of history of capoeira, and showcasing how it has both artistic and scientific elements.
the awarding of cords was also a lot of fun because of all the playing, music and singing. even spectators have a responsibility to add to the energy of the circle by clapping and singing.
you’ll see what I mean:
my homies helped me win tickets to the adventure park at sandy spring friends school so I was able to take three of my girls and join them in the trees.
it was a challenging, yet rewarding experience for them. after completing a trail, they would go right back to the start to have a go at another trail.
there were times when we called for help (“Staff!”), there were some tears of frustration, there were times when we bailed out before the finish, but we all left happy and spent. kind of like our normal homeschool days.
can you find my girls (three of them) in this picture above?
these two constructed rockets with various penny payloads…
and tested them with a rocket launcher.
mercyGirl met her Design Like a Girl cohorts at the Air & Space Museum, had q&a, book discussion, and conversation with a woman aerospace engineer, then worked as a team to designed their own space capsule.
studying orchids at seedlings at the US Botanic Garden. these fascinating plants grow on every continent except Antarctica.