Dedimus Potestatem: Mock Trial, Leadership and Debate
Students will learn and practice essential Leadership skills such as Negotiation, Delegation, Initiative, Conflict Resolution and more. This class includes:
Improvisation and other Theatre games, building with Kinex, Legos and other materials, balloon relay races, sack races and obstacle courses, STEM activities with gumdrops, marshmallows and spaghetti, making DIY catapults, fencing (with inflatable lightsabers), dodgeball (foam balls), volleyball and other physical activities, building a life-sized house out of recyclable materials, and more
The objective of this program is to prepare participants for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn how to craft and present arguments, opinions, and ideas. They will learn the fundamentals of rhetoric and will practice informing, persuading and motivating an audience in a variety of ways. The grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge. This class will include:
-Debate (Instructor is trained by the English Speaking Union and a coach for the New York Debate League)
-Creating a commercial and learning how to market a product
-Pitches (Make and pitch your own movie, book, legislation or product)
Mock trial is a hands-on simulation of the American judicial system. The goal is to help participants acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Materials for this course are provided by The American Bar Association and The Constitutional Rights Foundation.