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Yale Splash Fall 2013

Another Saturday, another day spent at Yale.  This time I drove a car full of girls to New Haven for the fall Splash program.  

“Splash at Yale is an event that brings local high school and middle school students to Yale University for one day of unlimited learning. Students who come take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students.
Our goal is to build excitement for teaching and learning from both sides. Students get to learn about things that they normally wouldn’t have access to, empowering them to find what they love to learn, discover new career opportunities, and become tomorrow’s leaders.”

Grace’s classes consisted of: sign language, the chemistry of water, Irish culture and history, a science class about oxygen, another science class about microbes and viruses, a music history class and a high school level piano seminar class.  I though the piano class was sure to be her favorite since she emailed the coordinators personally asking for an age exception to be made allowing her into this class.  However, other students who registered were not serious musicians.  Only two other students were playing at or above her level.  She enjoyed playing on the Steinway grand piano, but was hoping for more peer feedback.
Her favorite classes were the Irish history class and the water class.  She came off the Yale campus bubbling with energy and enthusiasm for what she spend the day learning.  She chatted half way home just about the difference between the adjectives hydrophilic and hydrophobic.
I love that she willingly dedicates her Saturdays to these classes.  They give her many of the things that are hard for me to provide.  She gets a classroom experience with her peers, exposure to new teachers, an introduction to new subjects, and extensions in the subjects she has been studying.    


  1. I was following your pictures on Instagram, Jess -- what a gorgeous campus, and what a great opportunity for these girls. :-)

  2. This is amazing. One of the things about not having a large campus nearby is we don't get these kind of opportunities. I have looked on the smaller college's websites and they don't offer anything like this. Those classes sound amazing. I know Keilee would love something like that!! YAY Grace. :)

  3. What a gorgeous looking campus and what a great opportunity. It is frustrating though when other students in a class aren't that serious.


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