Star Trek + The Captain’s Oath: Opening Days for Cafe + Design Studio

January 6, 2015

I did not watch much TV growing up, but Star Trek was the show that was on after basketball practice and before dinner. I watched it often, often enough to have the “Captain’s Oath”  in my mind as I opened a Christmas present:

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The series’ opener replays in my mind easily : “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. ”  In Star Trek, I  think I gravitated to the dilemmas character’s experienced. The constantly shifting cultures and landscapes spoke to my early years of moving around a lot–from Newark, New Jersey to Rawlins, Wyoming to Paris, France . Episodes challenged me to think about characters and societies whose rules or customs were unclear or different.  Kirk, McCoy, Spock and Uhura each had a way of looking at a new space, and perhaps, gave me some tools to survive moving around so much.

As Gould opens a new space, we are seeing how space influences culture and how connections interact–what binds like and unlike things in a rhythm of a day and evening in an academic building. Gould is “boldly going” and we are “seeking out new frontiers” with significant resources dedicated to design thinking and  creative confidence.

Below are images taken from Day 2 of the renovated Hanscom.  Students are using booths for individual and group work and the design studio hosted figure drawing from Ms. Oliver’s hand building class, a design challenge with Mr. Bean’s AP Writing + Composition class,  and independent work fromMr. Lynch’s Calculus class.

Stay tuned and come visit if  you are in town.



The booths are a hit!


Ms. Oliver’s hand building class sketching self-portraits.

A view into the school store.


Comfort found.


Mr. Bean’s kicks off the space with a BAND-AID design challenge.




English work on one side; Calculus on the other!



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