BASIS Independent Summer is excited to offer 2 specialized programs in science taught by an outstanding guest teacher from our sister school in Scottsdale. Ms. Mrunali Das of BASIS Scottsdale will be leading Engineering and Architecture, and The History of Medicine. Recently I sat down with Ms. Das to get her thoughts on why she is coming to Brooklyn for the summer and what students will learn by attending her programs.
Matthew Beller: Why did you decided to come to Brooklyn for the summer?
Mrunali Das: The reason I became a teacher is because I love learning and teaching new topics. The summer program is the perfect opportunity to work with new students.
MB: What do you teach during the regular school year and how does that influence your summer program curriculum?
MD: I currently teach Math and AP Psychology. The History of Medicine program will allow me to use my Psychology background along with my degree in Biology to develop a program that shows how medicine has dramatically changed over the last 200 years. Also, I love how engineering and architecture are based on math, and my goal is to show students how the beauty of math influences the aesthetics of architecture.
MB: What are your students going to learn if they take your summer program?
MD: When I was in the 3rd grade my science project was to develop my own model dream home. I can still remember how fun it was to develop and plan my concept. In fact, it’s one of the best academic experiences I have ever had. I would love to give the students in Brooklyn a chance to tap into their creativity and knowledge of math to create their own dream homes. For the History of Medicine, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the development of modern medicine. For example, we analyze historical and current narratives from a variety of perspectives so students will understand how medical professionals treat patients, and how that treatment has developed over the last 200 years.
MB: The Engineering course is 2 weeks long. Can students enroll for both weeks?
MD: Definitely! A student who does the 2 week program will get the chance to either work on a second home design, or learn additional math and engineering theory and use it to further refine and develop their model dream home.