Category Archives: Williams Crew

Expedition: Cartographers and Commanders
Students will begin by learning the basic means of navigation during the Age of Exploration: compass and map. They will learn how to operate these tools effectively, generate maps, and apply these skills in the field on an overnight camping trip to the Sierra Crest. The students will then research what motivated different countries’ explorers to sail into uncharted waters and risk their lives during the Age of Exploration. Students will debate what impact famous explorers had on the world and if their impact was positive or negative. The expedition will culminate in a high quality board game that incorporates map and navigational skills, historical facts, and explores legacies all in one.
Expedition: What the Cell?!
What do we have in common with plants, animals, and bacteria?  Throughout this spring expedition, students will begin by diving deep into the world of cells:  the building blocks of life.  They will learn the form and function of plant, bacteria, and animal cells.  We will use this foundation to progress towards genetic theory.  Students will learn the basics of genetics, apply that knowledge to their own genetic background, and analyze controversial current genetic issues.  After exploring the microscopic world of cells and DNA, students will then explore the various body systems and how each cell has a specific task throughout the body.  This expedition will be highlighted by field work in the bay area at premiere genetic laboratories and Stanford Medical School.
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Williams Crew Update 1-8-15

Williams Crew,

I hope everyone had a fun, restful break.  Hopefully, we are all ready to tackle a great new year at SELS. Here are a few updates:

Expedition:  During the next month we will be studying the Meso-american tribes (Aztec, Maya, and Inca tribes), and investigating the impact of the European explorers on the local people they encountered.  We will be working on this until the end of the semester on January 30. Continue reading

Williams Crew Update 11-4-14

Important Dates:
November 10, 11: No School
November 14: Gratitude Night
November 19: Minimum Day
November 24-28: Thanksgiving week, No School
December 10: Minimum Day
December 18: Celebration of Learning
December 20-January 4: Winter Break

Crew Update,

I hope everyone has had a chance to catch their breath after the crazy week we had.  I want to thank everyone that helped out on the SELS summit day, the bay area sailing trip, or the bear walk (or in some cases, all three).  I’m sure by this point you have heard many stories about the events from your kids.  The chaperones on the bay area fieldwork (Kelli, Rob, Sarah, Kim, Kimmie, and Scott) did a wonderful job battling traffic and helping out in general.  I have posted the pictures of last weeks events on the crew website and on my picasa account (This link).  I want to especially thank Ashley for helping organize the fieldwork.  There were unforeseen challenges that arose about two weeks before the fieldwork that almost canceled the trip, but with Ashley’s help we were able to find other arrangements that made the fieldwork even better.

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