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Ursuline Happenings: In and Out of the Classroom
Ursuline Happenings: In and Out of the Classroom

Our students have been busy in and out of the classroom. A Probability Carnival, Microsoft HoloLens demonstration, and Frontiers of Flight Museum field trip are just some of the recent highlights.

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Ursuline's Algebra/Geometry Year 2 Honors Classes recently threw a Probability Carnival!

The first-year assignment's goal was for students to create games that were purely based on probability instead of skill. Three classes created 17 games. Popular games included rolling a die three times to create an animal and pulling rubber ducks out of a bowl of water.

"Each game was so creative and different," Math teacher Jules McGee said. "My sophomores worked so hard and persevered. I am so proud of their hard work."

After the carnival, students wrote essays comparing theoretical probabilities to what actually happened.

"Because I am utilizing Standards-Based Grading, I am constantly looking for new ways for students to demonstrate mastery of material," McGee said. "Had I given students a test over the material, I don't believe they would have had the interesting probability conversations they had."

The Computer Science and Engineering Clubs enjoyed a Microsoft HoloLens demonstration. Microsoft members allowed 50 students to experience the goggled augmented reality.

Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with digital content and holograms.

"The students were simply amazed at the technology," Computer Science Department Chair Eve Juarez said.

Scarlette Vargas' Spanish IV Students made arepas in the St. Ursula kitchen. The traditional Venezuelan treats are corn pancakes stuffed with a variety of ingredients.

"The students kept telling me they were excited to make them," Vargas said. "It was a fun way to experience the culture."

The students also ordered food in Spanish during a field trip to Arepa TX, a local Latin American restaurant.

Other Field Trips

Eleven students won't forget their time at the Frontiers of Flight Museum anytime soon.

NASA mathematician and aerospace engineer Christine Darden, Ph.D. was the featured speaker at a brunch celebrating the accomplishments of women in STEM-related fields.

"Our students enjoyed every second of it," Math Department Chair Tammy Yung said. "Dr. Darden's speech focused on her life growing up and her perseverance to succeed. She continued to challenge herself by enrolling in higher level math courses, even though they were not required for her major."

Darden is one of the researchers featured in the book (and movie) Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

Mandarin Chinese Classes attended a Culture and Language Field Trip at the University of Oklahoma last month.

Thirty-six students visited the Galileo and China exhibit in the university's library. Students met with recent Ursuline alumnae and participated in Chinese Culture activities, including calligraphy, dance, Kungfu, and music. They also tasted Chinese cuisine, played traditional games, and made a Chinese knot.

"Students learned a lot about Galileo and China," Mandarin Chinese teacher May Shen said. "I think their favorite part was the activities per their reflections."

The Papermaking Class attended University of Dallas' Haggerty Art Gallery. The show was titled "The Space Between," which examines how artists interpret bookmaking.