Who: 20 presenters, featuring 2 Sage teachers, 4 parents, and 14 students (ranging from Kindergarten to 9th grade!).
What: Ignite/Spark presentations, 20 auto-advancing slides (every 15 seconds for Ignite, 5 seconds for Spark), based on a topic that the speaker is passionate about (see list of topics and descriptions below).
Where: The Lincoln Auditorium in the Capitol building. Enter via the stairs adjacent to the sidewalk on 8th street, enter through the glass doors at the base of the staircase, the auditorium is the first room on the left as you enter. Seating in the auditorium is limited to about 244 seats so come early to secure good ones!
When: Thursday May 1st 6:00 - 8:00pm
Why: Short answer: because it will be awesome! Longer answer: because public speaking is a very important life skill which our students will be honing while simultaneously entertaining and educating us. We will get some insight into the diversity of interests at Sage and learn more about the different facets of our community.
What else should I know?
Streaming - The event will be live steamed for those who cannot make it down to the Capitol (or friends and family who might live out of the state so they can view the show along with us). Click this link at any time after 6:00pm on the 1st to watch online.
No food or uncovered drinks - While you can bring a water bottle (or other covered beverage) with you, there is no food or uncovered drinks allowed in the auditorium.
The Capitol is closed during our show - Because the Capitol is closed after 6:00pm when the Legislature is not in session, we will be the only ones in the building. We will need to limit our presence to the West wing of the building, specifically the auditorium, any overflow rooms we may use and the restrooms.
Parking - Don't forget that it is First Thursday, so parking may be a bit tougher to come by than on a normal week night. The meters are not in effect after 6:00, and the state lot across 8th street from the Capitol is fair game even without a permit at that time as well. There is also usually parking around Capitol Park and in the lot across 6th Street to the East of the Capitol.
Ignite is an audience participation event - Do not hold your applause, cheers, or other encouraging gestures. Ignite is designed to be a very supportive environment and frequent demonstrations of appreciation for the speakers is encouraged (of course, if you notice a speaker being distracted or adversely effected by cheering... then go ahead and wait until they are done).
The Presentations (in no particular order):
Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! - My Ignite presentation is going to be about how classroom pets make the learning environment better (teacher)
Mindset: The Power of Positive Messages - My presentation will be about monitoring your mindset and seeking the right kinds of messages when needed to change mindset from a potentially destructive state to a positive, productive state. I'll use myself as an example of someone who has to take action continuously to seek these messages. I'll also highlight the idea that it is a choice to recognize and pay attention to the positive messages in our environment, and to use them to help us manage our mindset. (teacher)
Why is sage weird - I wanted to tell the public the difference between weird and over the top weird with sage (9th grade)
Books I Like and Why - As a student reading is important but reading for pleasure is amazing. I want to tell everyone why I love reading and what it offers (2nd grade)
How being open minded help us prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse - I want to talk about how you need to be open minded about preparing for disasters, especially the zombie apocalypse (4th grade)
The answer to life, the universe and everything: the promise of deep learning - Deep Learning is a new concentration in the field of artificial intelligence that allows computers to learn for themselves. This is different than previous forms of AI, which required continuous human correction for the computer to learn from mistakes. This branch of AI has the potential to do amazing things, beyond recognizing the faces in pictures or speech patterns. If used correctly, Deep Learning could help solve some of humankind's most vexing problems. Of course, there are ethical and moral issues with this kind of artificial intelligence that need to be addressed. (Parent)
An insight on the theory of evolution - A look at evidence for evolution and examining its significance in the world. For example, I will explain how artificial selection is a worthy piece of evidence for natural selection (7th grade)
Sea Turtles are the Ultimate Risk Takers - I love sea turtles and would like to share about them and how they are great examples of risk takers (Kindergarten)
IB learners ASSEMBLE! - highlighting the main IB characteristics of superheroes, 1 hero per learner profile, and why that makes teams like the justice league and the avengers work so well together (Parent)
YOU KNOW! FOR KIDS! - I will give reasons and examples for why certain games should not be rated E for everyone. (8th grade)
My Mom - My mom lives the IB learner profile (3rd grade)
Junk Food… - well, I was going to be talking about how bad junk food is, and why we shouldn't eat it. (5th grade)
The effects of music on mind heart and spirit - I love music a lot and there is no better way to express that than this. My idea is to show sientific effects and just how to makes me feel. In some ways music can make us deam and discover new ideas. Plus every song has it's own message and/or story. They may have the same topic but still a diffrent story and tune (5th grade)
Empathy (Spark) - Conveying a message of the need to understand others in order to bridge differences, and challenge destructive judgments which limit possibility for finding solutions or getting along with others. Empathy empowers self and others to develop their emotional IQ and leads to genuine cultivation of happiness for self and others (5th grade)
Happiness - I would like to draw on my clinical work as a social worker to weave together social/emotional aspects what it means to live a fruitful meaningful life where happiness can be experienced and integrated as a part of our moment by moment awareness. I would touch on how brain research, psychological studies on trauma and suffering, and holistic wellness contain evidence and insights into how humans are wired for relationship and that healing occurs in positive relationships along with self-awareness. Compassion and mindfulness would be part of this conversation as well as providing some take home exercises for the audience (Parent)
IB Otters - I would like to do an Ignite Presentation. I will discuss how otters connect to the IB Learner Profiles. Here is an example: Otters are caring because if one gets lost, their entire family will go out to find them. Otters are risk takers because they sometimes have to go under ice to find their food (5th grade)
Skiing is Fun - My idea is to do my presentation on skiing because it is something that I have fun with and I can relate to my friends! (7th grade)
The Amazing Idea - I’m showing what I do and what I make. Amigurumi (3D crocheted figures). I show the process, where you can get them, and what the ending product looks like. I’ll also include why I make them, what things I’ve made before, how I thought of doing this, why I love to do it, how kids can make money, and why I or other kids need money. (5th grade)
He who speaks two languages is worth two people - I want to share through photographs I have taken, particularly while living and traveling abroad, how much richer is my life, how profoundly I have been impacted by being able to speak more than one language. Without my ability to speak other languages, I would be not even half the person I am now, and this I will demonstrate through my slide show. I love languages, and I love helping others realize that they, too, can become bilingual/multilingual. (Parent)
Eden Lawrence & her balanced life - Eden will discuss the IB principle of balance and how that applies to her life. (Kindergarten)