Though members of the class of 2020 are in no danger of forgetting their final trimester at Woodberry, the last month was made even more memorable by a challenge issued by the faculty. That’s becauseinstead of signing in to Zoom class meetings, the sixth formers conceived and carried out their ownlearning experiences. The variety of projects the boys undertook went beyond anything their teachersmight have planned.
Roman Gravely, for example, worked with engineering teacher Abbie Mills to invent an adaptive devicefor Matthew Tisch, the young son of physics teacher Alex Tisch. Matthew was born without fingers onhis left hand, and the device allows him to hang onto the handlebar of a scooter or bicycle. Other close-to-home projects included Rainey O’Malley’s fishing guide focused on local largemouth bass and BennyCao’s multiplayer video game called Woodberry Prankster Battle, in which players can be either a seniortrying to do pranks or a faculty member trying to catch him.
The pandemic was the topic of some projects, including AJ Wilson’s photography study of spaces innorthern Virginia affected by lockdowns and Charlie Claiborne’s reading of newspapers in five differentcountries as he sought to understand the spread of the COVID- 19 virus, the varying governmentresponses, and the differences in media coverage of the crisis.
“Overall, I think it was a success,” said Dean of Faculty Matt Boesen, who spearheaded the effort andcoordinated its implementation. “There’s no question that the seniors loved it.”
Senior Projects Encourage
Photo by AJ Wilson ’ 20