Welcome Back to Second Semester:
Aerodynamics and cultural cuisine on DaVinci Day
January 17, 2020
Ms. Kandall Packs the House
DaVinci alumni gather to honor beloved teacher
January 13, 2020
"No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man"
Oakland Museum of California provides project preparation
October 16, 2019
Project Kick-off Day
DaVinci gains a footing in cosplay skills
October 11, 2019
Students made family crests in their new project groups. Can you find the DaVinci alumni who swooped in for a photo op?
Building to Learn
DaVinci students create complex literary constructions
October 4, 2019
Art appears on desk covers and whiteboards . . .
September 13, 2019
Back to School
New and Returning DaVinci students: A-Z
August 23, 2019
DaVinci Crew Leaders and Teaching Assistants
What Would We Do Without Them? (a rhetorical question)
August 21, 2018
The Sophomore Retreat
Simulations, Cargo Nets, (Night) Hikes at Westminster Woods
June 7-8, 2019
A Fond Farewell . . . I give you my word
June 5, 2019
Project in the Making
Building and coding the arcade games
May 8, 2019
Honoring the six victims immortalized in John Hersey's novel
April 17, 2019
DaVinci Day Project Kick-off
Reading machines, building models, thinking divergently
March 29, 2019
Technology and the Human Experience Field Work
Musee Mechanique and the Exploratorium
April 2, 2019
Photos above by Juan Pablo Izquierdo Riascos. Photo below by Nyah Einy..
Another Day in DaVinci
Book-sculpting and catching hail
February 24, 2019
Ra-Ra Rasputin DaVinci Day
Bonding, self-analysis and group collaboration
January 30, 2019
Drake High School Open House
DaVinci curriculum and projects displayed in 405
January 24, 2019
TLC/DaVinci Lunch Time Collaboration
The code-breaking contest begins . . .
January 23, 2019
TLC leaves love notes for DaVinci . . .
First Semester Comes to a Close
"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . ."
December 17, 2018
Q: What Do You Do When the Field Trip's Cancelled?
A: Pile into Ms. Buchanan's Room to Watch A Tale of Two Cities
November 14, 2018
Above: Warming up for a discussion. Above right: A Tale of Two Cities goes to our heads.
Living the DaVinci philosophy: building blocks of knowledge.
DaVinci Day Fall Project Kick-off
Revolutionary Puppets Rise . . . from Recycled Paper Towel Rolls
Additional characters make Halloween appearances: Leonora DaVinci, The Color Orange, Hester Prynne, and Shredded Banksy.
Fall DaVinci Teaching Team
Preparing for the upcoming DaVinci Day project kick-off
October 18, 2018
DaVinci Family Potluck
Dinner, conversation, Kahoot and the joke of the day
September 26, 2018
Community brainstorming and consensus
September 21, 2018
Activating the DaVinci brain: Mr. Beebe and DIY sketchbooks
August 29, 2018
New students join DaVinci: "Building to learn; learning to build"
August 24, 2018
DaVinci Sophomore Retreat at Westminster Woods
Wall of humanity, Goldsworthy sculptures, Ratatouille and hike
June 1-2, 2018
DaVinci Social Studies--Living photos inspired by Nelson Mandela's autobiography
May 16, 2018
DaVinci Science--Global Flower Power
May 14, 2018
DaVinci Desk Art--Creative Minds at Work
April 5, 2018
"I think; therefore, I draw," --Desk-art.
DaVinci Day--World Culture Expo Project Kick-off
March 7, 2018
Group shoemaking reveals the creative soles of DaVinci.
Students also made and tasted foods from around the world . . .
It was a good day for foot and mouth. :)
DaVinci Day--World's Fair Structures
January 24, 2018
Crystal Palace, London 1851
Eiffel Tower, Paris 1889
Palace of the Fine Arts, Panama 1915 (relocated to San Francisco 1965)
Magic Fountain of Montjuic, Barcelona 1929
Ferris Wheel, Chicago 1893
Atomium, Brussels 1958
Space Needle, Seattle 1962
Unisphere, Flushing Queens 1964
Biosphere, Montreal 1967
Tower of the Sun, Osaka 1970
Hangit-Tap, South Korea 1993
Oceanarium, Lisbon 1998
Millenium Dome, London 2000
China Pavilion, Shanghai 2010
DaVinci English--scenes from Romeo and Juliet
DaVinci--Building to Learn; Learning to Build
DaVinci Science: Experiments in genetic engineering
In bacteria, a small circular piece of DNA known as a plasmid, transfers genetic information between bacteria. Through that process, random mutations can occur, allowing these microbes to gain antibiotic resistance and adapt to new environments. This natural process can be modified by humans to help plants survive difficult climatic conditions, control toxic chemical spills, and even modify insulin to treat diabetes. Below is evidence that students transformed E. Coli with pGLO Plasmids.
What's next? Turning water into Sprite?
What's next? Turning water into Sprite?
Year Two--DaVinci Day Fall 2017
Photos above by Kat Radtke.
Gathering, grandes meet piccolos, creating family crests . . .
Drawing and defining abstract concepts like "integrity," "intellect," "innovation," "freedom" . . .
Decorating boxes for the Children's Book Drive and hearing Fiona O'Sullivan's inspiring stories and life lessons.
DaVinci students learn each other's names, a crowning achievement . . .
DaVinci: A Small Learning Community of Thinkers and Makers
DaVinci includes an Art elective and . . .
an Engineering/Principles of Technology elective in ninth grade.
Callen's Music Recommendation of the Day . . .
A visit to SFMOMA.
DaVinci Day featured sock diversity . . .
Sophomores ended the year with a retreat at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center in Point Reyes.