High School Activities

Fall

 

students participating in Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate offers students an opportunity to practice and improve their oral speaking skills through a variety of activities. Students meet and practice prepared speeches, extemporaneous speaking and organized debates. Teachers then select students to represent AAS at the season-ending competition each year. CEESA Speech and Debate categories: Debate, Duet Acting, Impromptu Speaking, Original Oratory, Oral Interpretation.

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on August 27 and ends with the CEESA tournament

 

 

Robotics

Tech Challenge teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Robotics challenges students to think like scientists and engineers by solving problems using engineering concepts. They will gain hands-on problem solving experience by working as a group to overcome obstacles and meet challenges. http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on August 27 and ends with the CEESA tournament. Robotics runs for two Seasons: Fall and Winter

picture of students participating in Robotics

 

 

picture of students participating in Model United Nations

IMUN (Iberian Model United Nations)

Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and develop solutions to world problems.

During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. These skills include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing.

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on August 27 and ends with the conference in Lisbon

 

 

Drama Production

The high school drama program is designed to inspire students who wish to develop a love and appreciation for the theatre. Participation in the play will give the students the opportunity to work on all aspects of theatre. They will explore history, terminology, and various production skills such as acting (vocal and physical), lights, sound, costumes, makeup, stagecraft, and directing. Students will also focus on skills such as a work ethic, organization, developing cooperative and supportive teams, and building self-confidence.

Rehearsal days are Tuesday and Thursday according to scenes 15:45-17:45

First Meeting: August 27, 15:30

Auditions: September 3 and 4

Picture of High School student playing roles in High School Drama

 

Winter

 

Knowledge Bowl

Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition involving teams of students who answer questions in written and oral round formats. It is a jeopardy-like event for high school students who have a strong interest and vast academic ability in general knowledge. Students will gain effective communication and critical thinking skills while using strategies of patience, discipline, and teamwork.

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on November 19 and ends with the CEESA tournament

 

 

Model United Nations, The Hague

THIMUN is one of the world’s largest forums for secondary school students which attracts over 3500 attendants from all over the world. At AAS only students with prior MUN experience will be considered for THIMUN participation.

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts Nov. 19 and ends with the conference in the Hague

picture of students participating in the Model United Nations

 

 

picture of students participating in Robotics

Robotics

Tech Challenge teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Robotics challenges students to think like scientists and engineers by solving problems using engineering concepts. They will gain hands-on problem solving experience by working as a group to overcome obstacles and meet challenges. http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on August 27 and ends with the CEESA tournament. Robotics runs for two Seasons: Fall and Winter

 

Spring

 

Math

Math competition is an opportunity to challenge students by encouraging curiosity through problem solving and the exploration of non-routine problems and alternative solutions. The activity promotes team work and provides students with a foundation for success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. The competition format has written and oral rounds as well as individual and team components.

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on February 25 and ends with the CEESA tournament

picture of students participating in Robotics

 

 

HELIMUN (Model United Nations)

HELIMUN is a smaller MUN forum than IMUN & THIMUN conferences.

It provides great opportunities for beginner MUNers to gain necessary experience as delegates as well as for experienced students to step up into the MUN leadership positions.

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on February 25 and ends with the conference

picture of students in the Model United Nations

 

 

picture of the HS Choir

Band & Choir

Participation in the Band, Strings, & Choir festival allows youth to develop, enhance, and instill character, insight, cultural awareness, and a love for music by direct exposure and involvement in the arts. Schools send its strongest students to experience challenging music in a non-competitive environment for three days of rehearsals and performances. Music education requires the integration of eye-hand coordination, rhythm, tonality, symbol recognition and interpretation, attention span, and it reinforces critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperation skills.

Practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 15:45 – 17:15

Season length: Season starts on February 25 and ends with the CEESA festival

 

 

Drama Production

The high school drama program is designed to inspire students who wish to develop a love and appreciation for the theatre. Participation in the play will give the students the opportunity to work on all aspects of theatre. They will explore history, terminology, and various production skills such as acting (vocal and physical), lights, sound, costumes, makeup, stagecraft, and directing. Students will also focus on skills such as a work ethic, organization, developing cooperative and supportive teams, and building self-confidence.

Rehearsal days are Tuesday and Thursday according to scenes 15:45-17:45

Picture of High School student playing roles in High School Drama

 

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