This year, we've started a new extra-curriculur activity in Cluster 1, which is titled "Computer Scientists Are Real People Too." The idea is to show the students that we academics also have other interests outside of school, many of which are probably in common with the students, and many of them are fun things to share with others. For example, today, Liz led a GREAT session on how to use a yo-yo. She is very talented with the yo-yo, and showed us (students AND teaching staff) the basics as well as some really cool tricks. The last time I used a yo-yo was a very long time ago, and I was really amazed with the hi-tech yo-yo's that are now available. And if you are really good at it (like Liz), you can perform some real magic. As for me, I barely got past "walk the dog" (but in theory at least, I know the moves for "rock the cradle" - though turning theory into practice will require many hours of practice). Thanks Liz for putting on a great show!
I really appreciate that many in our staff have volunteered to lead these kinds of activities. Krista ran a session on painting, Ming is hosting a little sci-fi book club, and next week, Shirley will be leading a karoake session. There are so many other activities we would love to offer, but time is becoming so precious (just about one week left).