DSEF Funds New Milling Machine at Dover Sherborn High School

Nick Grout, Head of Technology Engineering at Dover Sherborn High School, works with students operating the school’s new CNC milling machine. Students use computer software to create their own designs, break them down into parts, and program the machine to create virtually any pattern or shape.

The process brings principles of algebra and geometry to life and incorporates design thinking, problem solving, and programming skills. Digital fabrication enables precise cutting, carving, drilling and machining, and allows students to create more intricate designs, including complex shapes and curves.

The machine was purchased with a grant from the Dover Sherborn Education Fund (DSEF).

Kinetic Art Project Installed at Chickering

chickering-muralReflections in Time: The Mindfulness Kinetic Art Project, has been installed at the Chickering School. The project, made possible by a grant from the Dover Sherborn Education Fund (DSEF), was designed by Joshua Winer, and created with Charles Williams Winer and Todd Cahill.

The artwork, installed on the wall next to the main stairwell in the lobby, was designed to bring the experience of mindfulness into daily life at the Chickering School. The piece consists of three bands of flowing hand glazed ceramic tile mosaics, broken and rebuilt into rivers in a range of blues that float upwards along the white wall. These bands are bordered by mirrors, which create a vibrant sparkling surface. Each river contains two words, evoking different mental states of experiencing the world: seeing/listening; thinking/feeling; dreaming/imagining. Five polished brass mobiles spin slowly in front of the mosaics.

As part of the project, Chickering students had the opportunity to work with Mr. Winer on Studio Day, as part of a curriculum on kinetic art, mosaics, and mobiles created by Sue Pelletier, art teacher at Chickering.

According to Mr. Winer, the design was inspired by walks along the tide pools of the Massachusetts coastline, where he watched the tidal waters flowing in and out of sandy channels, carrying spirals of flotsam and jetsam, mica mixing with tiny silver fish and sparkling sand. He said that he found himself slowing down as he connected with the repetitive cycle of flow and movement, always changing yet always returning to the starting point. The design also references elements from the Reading Garden Mosaic, which Mr. Winer created for Chickering in 2010.

Project Time-Lapse Video

DS High School Goes to Space

Thanks to a generous grant from Dover Sherborn Educational Fund, this coming weekend, Saturday, June 10th, a group of Dover Sherborn High School students will be launching a near-space weather balloon… and hopefully successfully retrieving it.  Students in Dr. L’s physics classes have been preparing for the launch, investigating launch locations and equipment.  They will be completing pre-launch calculations and following the launch and retrieval this weekend.  If successful, the flight will be followed by data analysis this year as well as by next year’s physics classes.

3 2 1 Launch!

DSEF Awards $130,000 in Grants to Schools

The Dover Sherborn Educational Fund (DSEF) has awarded approximately $130,000 in grants to the Public Schools of Dover and Sherborn for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Each of the four schools in the system, the high school, middle school, Pine Hill and Chickering, received funds stemming from grants authored by educators.  Funded grants include art and music, science, and technology initiatives; health and wellness and cultural enrichment; as well as core academic curricula. Continue reading