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Groups of Scholars Attend Black Panther Movie
Several students, ranging from elementary to high school, attended a viewing of Black Panther last week. The viewing was the culmination of a quarter long project for students from Newburgh Free Academy, West Campus. It also served as part of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative for students from Balmville Elementary, Vails Gate STEAM Academy, and South Middle School.
The project: An interdisciplinary exploration of Marvel’s first Nigerian Superhero penned by Nnedi Okorfar. Inspired by the true events of the 276 Chibok girls kidnapped in 2014, NFA West scholars engaged in a quarter-long STEAMS project based learning experience. By way of this interdisciplinary experience scholars engaged in a 6-pronged educational spotlight on this key moment in history as well as participate in SEL advisory sessions around dealing with adversity.
STEAMS Core Relevance:
Science: Studying Nigeria’s environment and natural resources
Technology: Creation of a digital image or 3D Figure
English: A unit on “Heroes” in literature reflecting on heroes in their own lives/communities
Arts: Creation of a short story in comic book form based on their own definitions/creation of a Superhero
Mathematics: A unit on “powers” or the laws of exponents
Social Studies: Global History look at Nigeria / Unit on African History
The final part of the project will include students from NFA, West Campus reading their comic books aloud to students in grades 3-5.