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Three freshman robotics students at The Episcopal School of Dallas have successfully designed and built a security robot for the ESD Campus Safety team.

Students Carter Bakewell '21, Tripp Benners '21, and Stella Foreman '21 began working on a robot that could be used effectively by our security officers on campus. After months of hard work, the students presented and demonstrated the robot's capabilities for Officer Trumble, ESD's Director of Campus Safety, along with Officers Mark Cruz and Christian Rodriguez last Friday.

"The demo went exceedingly well," Bakewell said. "We accomplished everything we wanted to, and then some, and it was an amazing hands-on experience."

Bakewell and his fellow robotics students confronted various challenges during the design process but were able to work together to problem solve in order to repair design flaws they encountered. The robot has the ability overcome hallway obstacles like books, backpacks, and furniture, can climb and maneuver 40-degree angles, and comes with a night vision-capable camera for security purposes. The students also worked with the technology department to wire the robot's camera to the ESD WiFi, allowing for excellent range.

"These three young students will be the core leadership for the robotics program for the next three years, and I look forward to working with them in the future," said ESD robotics and engineering teacher, Barton Burnett.

The robotics program will maintain the upkeep of the security robot and plans to keep evolving the robot with new abilities in the 2018-19 school year.

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A senior student at The Episcopal School of Dallas, Samantha Brosler, has co-authored a scientific paper that will be published in the upcoming May edition of The Journal of the Electrochemical Society.  

Samantha began working on a research team in the Bio Engineering Department at UT-Dallas in July of 2017, and that summer project continued into the school year as she and a senior student from Plano West worked many hours after school and on weekends alongside their bioengineering professor mentor.

Their research created a unique, screen-printing method for embedding biosensors in fabric to detect and report the presence of the influenza virus. The resulting fabric can be used to create clothing or gloves worn by medical personnel, sanitation workers, and service industry personnel in at-risk communities. The fabric can identify if the user has been in contact with the virus. Because the biosensor is integrated with a reporting platform, the data collected can be used as an early warning system for flu outbreaks, allowing for preventative measures before mass-symptoms are manifested. In February, they heard that their research and hard work was substantial enough to be published in The Journal of the Electrochemical Society.

"Working alongside other scientists on a problem-solving team for the last half-year has been an extremely rewarding aspect of my life," she said. "It showed me the kind of environment that I want to be part of in the future."

Samantha will continue her research endeavors in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania this fall.

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Eighth graders at The Episcopal School of Dallas had the opportunity to hear from writer, actress, and mental health awareness advocate Mariel Hemingway in a special presentation on campus yesterday.

The students have been studying her grandfather Ernest Hemingway's classic novel The Old Man and the Sea in their English classes, and this visit gave them the rare chance to learn more about the author's life and writing habits. While on campus, Mariel Hemingway spoke about a variety of topics with our eighth graders, ranging from her childhood and growing up with a famous name, to which of her grandfather's books she considers her favorite (spoiler alert: it's A Moveable Feast) and how she believes he helped change the landscape of American literature.

"My grandfather had a profound impact on the way that American authors wrote," she said. "He inspired a shift from the descriptive Old English style of writing to a cleaner, more straight-forward version of storytelling."

Nature is something that greatly influenced Ernest Hemingway's simple but powerful storytelling, both in his writing process and in his stories themselves, which is something Mariel, who is also an author, connects with as well. She grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho and feels that her creativity is at its peak when she is in the mountains; her grandfather spent many of his days outdoors in Cuba, where he was either out on the ocean fishing or playing baseball with Cuban children who often called him "Papa." When Mariel visits Cuba she says it's easy to see how this place informed his writing and enjoys being able to immerse herself in the setting of many of his stories.

After a lively question and answer session, she left our students with a solid piece of advice: "You can learn so much from literature, so keep reading!"

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The school year is barrelling towards the finish line, and parents around the country are starting the summer shuffle. There are vacations to plan, child care to arrange, and summer camps to book. Where do you start?

In most metropolitan areas, summer camps and programs book quickly, even selling out in March! It’s best to start your camp planning early to secure your spot.

Before you go cross-eyed looking at all your options, here’s three things to consider when choosing summer camps and programs:

 

 

1. Your Child’s Interests and Their Buy-In

As eager as you might be to have your child master the Italian language or learn to play the flute this summer, is that truly what your child would enjoy? After a jam-packed school year, it’s nice to take a break from the rigors of academics and explore new interests in a fun, relaxed environment. Review camp websites and catalogs with your child. What piques their interest? Inviting your child to participate in the selection process allows you to get their buy-in and may ease any apprehension they have of attending camp. 

 

 

 

2. Your Needs as a Parent

 

Not every parent has the luxury of staying home with their child during the summer. Whether you have a full-time job, or just need a few hours a week to run errands (and maintain your serenity), there’s a camp program that can meet your needs. Many offer half-day and full-day options with before and after camp care, while others run only a few hours a day. Whatever your needs are, there’s a camp to meet them; it just takes some time and planning to find them.

 

 

 

3. Your Budget and Understanding Camp Pricing 

 

Not all camps are created equally. While one camp may seem more expensive, it’s possible there’s a more experienced instructor, a longer camp day and/or a meal included. A less expensive camp may look like a deal, but additional expenses can be hidden in supply fees, extended day care, and meals.

 

 

 With these three tips in mind, you’re ready to sail into summer camp season. Bon voyage!

 

If you’re located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, we hope you’ll consider joining The Episcopal School of Dallas for a summer to remember. Camps and programs emphasize the arts, athletics, academics, adventures, STEM, and most importantly, making new friends and having fun! All are welcome, ages 3 and up. 

Camps run May-August, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

View camps and register at www.esdallas.org/summercamp

 

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Those at Upper School chapel at The Episcopal School of Dallas today had the opportunity to hear from a very distinguished guest speaker. Mr. Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, visited the ESD this morning to discuss the value in social justice and philanthropy, and share with students what he believes is true success.

Senior Cameron McGee facilitated the talk, prompting Mr. Walker with questions that currently affect our students and society in 2018, such as “How are technology and social media affecting social justice work?,” “What advice would you give to young people entering the world?,” and “What can we do to be valuable members of global society?”

Mr. Walker’s responses resonated deeply with the ESD community, touching on the very foundation of the School and bringing in ESD's Founding Tenets of both service and ethical decision making into the discussion. He encouraged students to see themselves as agents of change in our world. There are many available avenues to take when advocating for human rights and equality, and it’s not limited to exclusively nonprofit work. Mr. Walker explained that you can bring about change in almost any field, whether it be law, finance, or media; you just have to determine how.

“At a school like ESD, you learn the importance of human dignity,” he said. “Then we must ask ourselves, ‘How can we use our privilege to improve the dignity of others?’”

Though his philanthropic endeavors have stretched across the globe, he assures students that you can make a difference wherever you are. The important thing is to have a common goal in social justice. Mr. Walker concluded his time here with a powerful message to students, explaining that they “have the potential to transform society for the better.”

Mr. Walker's visit provided ESD students with inspirational advice and encouragement not only for their futures, but for their present.

 

ABOUT DARREN WALKER

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment, and $600 million in annual grant making and charitable activities. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and is co-founder and chair of the US Impact Investing Alliance.

Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs including the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation—Harlem’s largest community development organization—he oversaw a comprehensive revitalization strategy, including building over 1,000 units of affordable housing and the first major commercial development in Harlem since the 1960s. Earlier, he had a decade-long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.

Darren co-chairs the NYC Commission on Monuments and Memorials and serves on the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island Correctional Institution and the UN International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He chairs the Global Social Impact Investment Taskforce of the US National Advisory Board and serves on the boards of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Carnegie Hall, the High Line, PepsiCo, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of 13 honorary degrees and university awards, including the DuBois Medal from Harvard University.

Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first class of Head Start in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, which in 2009 recognized him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award—its highest alumni honor. He has been included on numerous annual media lists, including Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the World, Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative People, and OUT Magazine’s Power 100.

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ESD's Upper School musical production, Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella," opens next weekend! Performances will run from March 1-3, at 7:00 p.m. on March 1 and 2, and 2:00 p.m. on March 3. The cast and crew of "Cinderella" has been hard at work all semester making this a spectacular show. Don't miss out on musical fun for the whole family, right in your own neighborhood!

Tickets, which are $5 each, are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

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ESD's Youth and Government students returned to campus today following their participation in the four-day Youth and Government State Conference in Austin. Many students received individual recognition for their performance, and ESD was awarded Premier Delegation for the fifth year in a row.

?"It was the best performance in my five years as Youth and Government advisor, and possibly since ESD's participation in the program," said Mark Oglesby. "With only one senior this year, the future of the program looks bright."

Five out of 11 participating Youth and Government students earned individual recognition this weekend. Zander Knight '21 earned Distinguished Delegate in Legislative (House). Knight also had his bill make the House docket, but was unable to present it to the full House due to time. Nick Harapanahalli '20 earned Distinguished Delegate in State Affairs. Harapanahalli was also the first ESD student to present his proposal in General Assembly and was one of five to pass General Assembly as well. Wesley Banks '18 and Brian Jones '20 took home 3rd Place Appellate team (equivalent of Distinguished Delegate) and qualified for the National Judicial Conference this summer, while Anastasia Sotiropoulos '19 was awarded Outstanding Club Delegate.

Appointed section coordinators also helped guide their fellow students throughout the weekend. Sriya Dodda '19 (Legislative Coordinator), Meera Gangasani '20 (State Affairs Coordinator), and Brian Jones '20 (Judicial Coordinator) had a tremendous impact on the course of the competition through advice and preparation assistance.

Both the individual and team successes at the State Competition bode well for the future of the Youth and Government program at ESD, and it will be exciting to see how the program grows from here. 

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Varsity Volleyball coach Laura Gomez officially holds the most wins in a single varsity sport in ESD's athletic history. In her 17th season with the school this year, Coach Gomez surpassed the original record of 322 wins, previously held in varsity soccer, and now has 335 wins with the volleyball team.

This year's Volleyball captains Kristen Leland '18, who has committed to play volleyball at the collegiate level next year for UVA, Izzy Siragusa '18, and Kathryn Smith '18 are thrilled with their coach's historic achievement.

"Coach Gomez not only has coached me to be a better player but a better person as well both on and off the court," says Smith. "She gets us to believe in ourselves and inspires us to do more than we think we can. I have learned so much from her and I am so grateful for everything she has done for our team and for ESD volleyball."

Last year Coach Gomez reached her milestone 300th varsity win with ESD against Dallas Christian Academy, and with another season full of wins under her belt, she has no plans on stopping anytime soon.