Weekly Update – April 13, 2018

Spring is a busy season for City as Our Campus. Students are in the recording studio, attending performances, conducting field work, and much more.

Recording Studio

John Maione, Upper School performing arts teacher, visited Mr. Smalls Recording Studios with his Music Technology and the Recording Experience course. This class will regularly visit the recording studios throughout the remainder of the year.

Latin American Rhythms

Upper School students in Wanda Petersen’s Spanish class attended a performance by Hispanic Flamenco Ballet.

Intellectual Property

David Nassar, Computer Science Department Chair,  invited Brienne Terril, a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, to discuss intellectual property laws with his Upper School students in Computer Science Innovations.

Authentic Eats

Lea Ekeberg, Upper School French teacher, visited Paris 66 for a meal with her French students. Ming Rui, Upper School Chinese teacher, also visited a local Chinese restaurant with her students.

The Ethic of Robotics

Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh, robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a WT trustee and parent, was a guest speaker for Urban Research and Design, taught by Dr. Michael Naragon. Dr. Nourbakhsh discussed the impact of robotics and automation on society. Students in Urban Research and Design are currently considering the urban design implications of autonomous vehicles.

Out of Many

Photographer Brian Cohen was a guest lecturer in Lit City, Upper School courses taught by Michael Hodges and Kristin Kovacic. Cohen recently completed a photography project, Out of Many, that focused on stories of migration in Pittsburgh. The students are currently reading The Last Chicken in America, a book by Ellen Litman about Russian-Jewish immigrants to the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Research Expo

Eighth graders held their annual Research Expo for peers and parents to share their research projects on social and environmental justice issues. As part of this project, students met with various community experts about their selected topics.