We don't just teach each other, we teach others as well. Our school visits allow Philologians to embark on a humanitarian mission to teach students in grades 6-12 of the greater Los Angeles area about a variety of subjects, as chosen by the Philologians in consultation with the schools. The content is tailored to the audience, but the topics are generally subjects that these students are not exposed to in their classes.
The general rule for the school visits is that Philologians must prepare engaging presentations designed to maximize audience retention and interest. Nevertheless, the routes in which this rule is executed are limitless. Most presentations will use slides, some involve acting, and some even involve live-action experiments!
Philologians will prepare presentations and present them to club officers one week before their presentation date, so that they can obtain feedback and refine their presentation.
Our school visits have begun this fall of the year 2020! Since the pandemic is continuing, we are doing school visits over Zoom instead of in person for the foreseeable future. Don't worry - they're just as fun! Sign up below!
Partnership est. 09/2020
Partnership est. 10/2020
Below you may find the variety of presentations that Philologians have produced over the course of their explorative adventure and delivered to our partnering high schools and middle schools.
Project leader: Richard Petrosyan
Adjoined presenter(s): Sean Silvia
Synopsis: Sean discussed the history of emotions and how they were perceived across various schools of thoughts of the past. Richard relayed the conversation to an analysis of how our brain's structure and biology empowers our expression of emotions.
Project leader: Lillian Goodwin
Synopsis: Lillian shared her quest to explore the history of the journalist profession in both American reality and American fiction. What were the earliest forms of journalism? What are some philosophical schools of thought underpinning the profession? What are the ethics of reporting?
Project leader(s): Sean Silvia
Adjoined presenter(s): Grace Shan
Synopsis: Sean and Grace take us back to the Europe of another time, the Roman Empire - Mediterranean dominion of the Antiquity - where the socio-economic value of a person was defined by their mere appearance. How did hairdos affect this complex matter?
Project leader(s): Richard Petrosyan
Adjoined presenter(s): Benjamin Tee
Synopsis: Of all colors, why is our sky blue? Is it blue always and everywhere? In this presentation, we embark on a fun scientific quest to respond to one of most timeless, yet intriguing, questions of modern astronomy through the field of physics.
Every semester is strewed with internal debates on various topics, but our largest and most eminent exchanges of each semester are the grand debates organized in tandem with our high school partners. You may find below some of the spiciest highlights!
Adjoined entity: Debate Club at USC Hybrid High School
Question: Which is better for modern students, an education which pushes students to pursue specific interests as long as they reach a certain depth, or one that provides a 'wider' learning through compulsory material on a variety of subjects?
We have gathered below some fo the most commonly posed questions for your convenience regarding our YPO programs. If the list below does not satisfy your curiosity, do not hesitate to contact us through the top tabs.
Presentations take between 10-20 minutes (preferably 10-15 minutes) and are usually a series of slides on Google Slides / Powerpoint which accompany the speakers' presentation. The number of slides is usually around 10-20. Nonetheless, one great emphasis for school visits is to ensure that the slides not be excessively text-heavy, and instead, strive to incorporate visuals. After the presentation is delivered, takes place a brief Q&A session to finish up the visit, alongside a succinct description of Philologos.
Presentations can be given to classes, student-run organizations, assemblies of interested students, or even the entire school. All of it depends on the flexibility of teachers and staff.
Any interested Philologian can participate, all they have to do is contact an officer and let them know. Philologians can make the presentations on their own or in small groups of no more than 3 people, and when they go on their school visits an officer will always be with them, and they can even help deliver the presentation if the Philologian is on their own.
Topics are chosen by the presenters, with consultation and approval from the school's staff. Topics can be anything academic. Either students will be exposed by Philologians to topics they have not been exposed to, or presentations will be tailored to complement and supplement existing classes.
Presentations are given at least once a month at each of the schools we work with. They are delivered during the school week, either during or after school hours. Presentations do not occur at the same time as other presentations at the same school, so audiences don't compete.
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