Dawson Summer Initiative

Five-Week Thematic Session June 2-July 2, 2020

For summer 2020, our theme is: One Planet: Design Our Future. What will the world look like in 2050, and how will we be interacting with it? Join us for an exciting exploration into how the future might unfold. The topic is wide open offering opportunities to investigate careers, transportation, the environment, housing, AI, social/emotional effects, ecosystems, technology, social media, and the internet. This is a unique opportunity to engage together in discovering ways we can all meet the challenges of tomorrow.

FIVE-WEEK PROGRAM DATES:  JUNE 2 - JULY 2, 2020

Program Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A Typical Day

CLICK HERE to see 'A Day in the Life of DSI' video created by 2017 scholars.

The program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m, Monday through Friday. While there is no assigned homework, many students enjoy discussing, researching, and further exploring the themes of the day from home. 

Weeks 1 & 2:
  • Engage in thoughtful discussions with guest speakers/experts in the field
  • Work within a single discipline: Inquiry, Analysis, or Communication with an instructor and peers to develop skills for project development
  • Learn the ins and outs of video production and Photoshop
  • Participate in daily physical activity, enjoying the outdoors and moving around 
Weeks 3-5:
  • Re-group into multi-disciplinary project teams
  • Identify and create projects that examine authentic solutions to local, national, and global challenges
 
In prior summers, scholars explored the following themes:
2019: Adapt: Thriving Through Change
2018: Information: Possibilities & Pitfalls
2017: Fresh Start: Re-Imagining How We Live
2016: Innovation & Impact: Change Through Creativity
2015: On the Move: Transportation, Globalization, Innovation
2014: Exploring the Digital Revolution
2013: Climate: Vital Signs of the Planet
2012: Food: Feeding Ourselves and the World
2011: Energy: Science, Society and the Powering of Our Planet
2010: Epidemic: Past and Present
2009: Water (at Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, Las Vegas)
 
 
Please contact DSI with any questions:

Call us:  303-381-0444
Email us:  lmichael@dawsonschool.org

Past DSI Themes: