Some Wheeler 7th-graders developed and applied their camera skills during the Middle School’s All Grade Interdisciplinary Learning Experience (AGILE) mini-term. In November, students spent four AGILE afternoons at Wheeler Farm, immersed in projects involving inquiry and exploration across multiple disciplines. Students could choose from a variety of workshops including a role playing game lab, a design-thinking approach to public art, a stock market and cryptocurrency discovery workshop, a chance to create a play experience for students in The Nest, and an opportunity to engage in photography. Students in the photography workshop became photojournalists, documenting the activities of other AGILE groups and taking nature-based photos.
Parker Goldman ’27, who already loved taking photos and acts as his family’s photographer, felt that having more experience and knowledge could be useful in the future. “For me, it’s all about nature’s beauty,” he said. “Since we were at the farm campus, that meant my backyard was a gold mine of photos waiting to be taken.”
“I thought it would be fun to take photos with my friends,” said Gus Despines ’27. He sees himself sticking with photography and said he enjoyed going around the farm and taking pictures.
Mac Nathan ’27 said he had never tried photography before and thought it would be interesting. He discovered that there was so much at the farm to photograph. “What first got me thrilled to take photos of the farm is that I spent so much time there and I thought not enough of that was captured last year,” he said.