Delphian Space Club Watch SpaceX Blast Off

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The Delphian space club is a group of students and staff who are enthusiastic about science, space and exploration. They set up a live feed of the the historic launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in Delphian's Little Theater today for all staff and students to see. There was lots of speculation by the space club as well as the scientists who created the rocket wondering if the whole thing would blow up (literally).

Why is this launch historic? Why is this cool?

Are you excited yet?

The event was scheduled for 10:30am but hit some turbulence when atmospheric wind speeds in Florida delayed the Little Theater launch party till 12:45. However, the delay did not curb the enthusiasm by the space club as Delphian's piled into the little theater to see the event filling all the seats and standing room.

The launch was a great success and SpaceX pulled off what appears to be the first-ever seamless launch of its massive new rocket the Falcon Heavy.

This is a game changer for SpaceX and will change space travel as we know and we are excited here at Delphian to continue to monitor the progress of the Falcon Heavy and SpaceX progress as they continue to change the face of space exploration moving forward.

Delphian Students at Global Game Jam 2018
This year I took four Delphian Upper School students from my video game development class, Devin McDaniel, Lochlan Scharpf, Andy Jaquez, and Joaquin Martinez to the Global Game Jam 2018 who jumped at the chance to come. Here are some details on the whole event.

Global Game Jam is an annual 48-hour event where participants make a video game from scratch in just 48 hours. Over 40,000 people in 900+ locations in over 100 countries around the world all participate in this event. A theme is announced on Friday night, of the event, (so no way of planning ahead) and then people group up in teams to make a game by Sunday night.

It's an intense amount of very creative work in a very short amount of time. I'm the Tech Officer for a non-profit in Portland called the Portland Indie Game Squad (PIGSquad for short) and we run the Portland site for Global Game Jam. Usually about 150 people participate here in Portland. If you want to get a great sense of what this event is like, check out this short video from 2017 that shows the Global Game Jam from around the world.

Devin, Lochlan, Andy, and Joaquin did a fantastic job. Prior to deciding to go to this event, none of them had made a game completely on their own before. Despite that, they spent the months leading up to Global Game Jam learning as much as they could in the short time they had. Devin learned how to actually program his own game from scratch without starting with a tutorial, Andy learned how to include music and sounds in a game, Lochlan focused on learning how to create art needed for a game, and Joaquin learned as much game programming as he could.

We stayed at a nearby hotel at night (because of the legal liability of having minors stay on-site overnight), but we weren't at the hotel for hardly any time at all. Each night we got to the hotel after midnight, and the boys were up again at 5:30am the next morning to get back to work. Meals were catered on-site and snacks available throughout the day.

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They worked hard. They got more done in 2 days than they had in the past several months. (And they've been working pretty diligently for the past few months!) They got help from me from time to time, so I got to see their progress as they went, but they really pushed through a lot of barriers on their own to get to a final product at the end. That's actually the part that I'm most proud of them for doing. It's very easy to start on a game project and just keep working on it... forever. Probably the hardest part of a game project (or any project for that matter) is finishing it. But they did it! They got it done at the last minute after a lot of hair-raising issues that came up in the last hours of the jam (as they always do).

From a teacher's perspective these students did a fantastic job and I was very proud of what they got done. I'm really glad they decided to take up this opportunity. It's an intense learning experience and not one that everyone is able to do, but they made it through with flying colors. They seemed proud of what they accomplished and they certainly have every right to be.

This is what Joaquin had to say about the event:

"My first thought when I started this Game Jam was that it would be very tough. But at the end of the game jam everything worked and we had a very rough looking game that was fully functional. I barley knew anything about coding (when I started), when I was finished with the game, in 48 hours, I knew enough C# to create my own game."


And this is a message I received from Lochlan's mom after the event:


Thank you very much, Dylan, for accommodating this experience for Lochlan had his friends. I am endlessly proud of Lochlan and so happy when he gets a chance to realize his goals. Thank you for helping to make this happen, and for sending this e-mail, I appreciate it very much!


Delphian Boards The International Space Station

Teachers from across the nation will speak with a NASA astronaut living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 9:35 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 1. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

The teachers, who are attending the 24th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) at Space Center Houston, will make the call to Expedition 54 astronaut Joe Acaba aboard the space station, posing questions about life aboard the space station, NASA's deep space exploration plans, and doing science in space.

Acaba arrived at the space station Sept. 12 on his third space mission, and is scheduled to return to Earth in February.

SEEC members are leaders in space exploration education throughout the nation. Some 580 teachers are expected to be on-site at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, for the downlink. Out of the 580 teachers expected to be at the event Delphian staff member, Diego Martinez, was given the honor of asking the astronaut a question about living and working in space.

Linking teachers directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of NASA's Year of Education on Station, which provides extensive space station-related resources and opportunities to students and educators.

Delphian teacher Diego Martinez demonstrating the Falcon Heavy launch in the Delphian School Little Theater.

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See videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station at:

Featured Delphian Artist Pruette Karl

Pruette is the second artist to be featured in the Delphian store as part of an exciting new program of featuring one talented artist every few months through the pop up shop in the art gallery on campus and through the online Delphian store.

This is not only an opportunity for Delphian art connoisseurs to get their hands on some beautiful art but an opportunity for the student artist to create a body of work and showcase it in a public way to gain the practical experience of being a featured and paid artist in a gallery.

Here is a note from our featured artist this month, Pruette Karl:


My name is Pruette. I'm currently on form seven at the Delphian School and 16.

I've been involved in the arts for as long as I can remember but from the moment I captured a photo it felt different than all other art forms. It was the first time I could share the way I experienced the world with another and that was extraordinary.

As my passion for photography developed I found that the main subjects I enjoyed capturing were people. Photography became a way for me to intimately display a person's emotion in the moment.

It helped me develop my love for others and I discovered how much I enjoyed getting to know the people around me and the way they lived uniquely from everyone else.

Photography has become the subject that drives my other passions and gives me purpose. I'm very excited to see where it takes me and how it shapes the way I experience the world!


There are five portraits by Pruette currently featured for sale in art gallery on campus and through the online Delphian store.

Click HERE to visit the online store.



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In addition to the opportunity to purchase prints of Pruette's photographs the Delphian online store is also offering greeting cards, coffee mugs, t-shirts and socks showcasing Pruette's work.

Click HERE to visit the online store.

Delphian Students Support School Choice Week

Last week, the Delphian School celebrated National School Choice Week, a week to celebrate all K-12 options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Started in 2011, NSCW is now the world's largest annual celebration of opportunity in education.

In 1922, an Oregon law was passed prohibiting parents from sending their children to anything but a public school. Oregon students had no choice of schools. This resulted in a Supreme Court case overturning this law, and allowing Oregon parents (and all United States parents) to enroll their children in private schools of their choice.

This year, Upper Schoolers Oakley Binford and Owen Rappoport helped the Delphian school celebrate National School Choice Week in a big way. They organized class game. One game was to find the missing National School Choice Week scarves, one for the Middle School and one for the Upper School. Students got daily clues and hints, and both were finally found. They created Yellow Day. Everyone in the school dressed in all the yellow clothing they could find. The class wearing the most yellow won ice cream treats.

Oakley and Owen also spoke to Middle and Upper School students about the importance of this week, and the value of students and families choosing the best education they want!

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