BVR-X

In the following courses, students will employ a variety of skills and will focus on topics that organically link disciplines to one another. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, we feel strongly about giving students opportunities to grapple with complex issues and practice integrated thinking. Technology and new media will allow students in these courses to take innovative approaches to research and to create content instead of simply consuming it.

BVR-X: Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs drive our nation’s economy and lead the way when it comes to both job creation and innovation. This class will expose students to all elements of a startup company, including market research, writing a business plan, building financial projections, securing funding, pitching the business to outsiders, and launching a product. Students will work regularly with founders of startups (both successful and unsuccessful) as well as venture capitalists and other investors of early-stage companies. Students will work in teams to develop an idea for a new and innovative company, and, at the end of the course, will pitch their ideas to local venture capitalists. Companies must be designed not only to be profitable, but also to make a positive impact on an industry or on society.

BVR-X: Game Design

What makes a great game?  The right balance of strategy and luck?  A compelling story and an immersive experience?  Unique rules and mechanics?  In this course, after analyzing successful board games, card games and video games, students will generate their own ideas and create virtual and/or physical prototypes.  Storytelling, coding, graphic design, artificial intelligence and systems thinking will all be incorporated within this course.

Open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Prerequisites: None

BVR-X: Introduction to Investing

Should you invest in the common stock of Apple Inc. or Exxon Mobil? How do you decide whether to get a car loan or a lease? How do you determine how much a small business is worth? In this course, we will learn about (a) the fundamentals of the stock market, investment vehicles, and basic principles of investing, (b) key aspects of personal finance, including budgeting, credit cards, and investing for retirement, and (c) the time value of money and risk as it applies to analyzing these personal finance questions. Students will learn to create and maintain a diversified portfolio through a virtual stock exchange, and there will be opportunities for research and other projects based on student interest.

Open to 11th and 12th graders or by departmental approval (from math or science).

Prerequisites: None

BVR-X: Paradigm Shifts

At various moments in human history, perspective has changed in dramatic ways.  The most famous example might be the Copernican Revolution: the shift from an earth-centered view of the universe to widespread acceptance that the earth orbits the sun.  In the modern world, attitudes about issues like sustainability, gender and technology are evolving rapidly.  In this class, students will examine historical and current paradigms shifts, interviewing experts in a range of fields about their outlooks.  Students will also attempt to anticipate the next wave of paradigm shifts: how might we view our world differently 50 years from now?

Open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Prerequisites: None

BVR-X: Podcasting

In this course, students will develop and produce their own podcasts on topics of their choosing.  By listening to and studying professional podcasts, students will learn about both technical and narrative components.  We will also examine the particular challenges and opportunities presented by the podcasting format.

Open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders

Prerequisites: None

BVR-X: Senior Colloquium

This course will be built around a series of multi-disciplinary projects, all of which will be designed by the students themselves.  As a group, the students will determine which topics they’d like to pursue, which questions they’d like to answer, and how they’d like to answer those questions.  In this course, students will put skills and knowledge from prior courses to good use, but they will also undoubtedly explore new territory and tackle unfamiliar real-world problems.

Open to 12th graders only.