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After School Clubs

Beginning in fall 2018, The Magellan International School will be offering enriching after school club activities, providing students with the opportunity to build upon classroom skills and compete and collaborate with others beyond our school community.

Clubs are facilitated by faculty moderators and/or parent volunteers. Each has been established to further enhance specific skills already cultivated by the IB program. Details about each club can be found below.

Membership sign-ups and meeting schedules will be released in late May 2018.

Destination Imagination (DI)

Destination Imagination is team-based club where students solve open-ended Challenges through the use of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and fine arts. Meeting weekly after school, students participate in “instant challenges” to help teams learn how to quickly assess a situation, make a plan, and work together to create a solution in a very short period of time and also collaborate on “team challenges” throughout the year.

Team Challenges are selected by each team who then collaborate on a solution together over a period of months. Teams may compete in competitions, presenting their challenge solution against other DI teams from other regions, states or countries.

Students at MIS may participate in the following levels:

  1. Rising Stars (non-competitive, Preschool – 2nd Grade)
  2. Elementary Level (competitive, Kinder – 5th Grade)
  3. Middle School Level (competitive, 6th – 8th Grade)

Learn more about Destination Imagination.

Entrepreneur’s Club

Austin is a hot-bed of start-ups across industries, with a rich community of entrepreneurs. The Magellan International School community – parents and students alike – is no different comprising of entrepreneurs and small business owners in a myriad of industries. Beginning in 2nd grade, students actively learn full life-cycle product development and many have continued to build their business beyond the walls of the school.

Students interested in participating in the MIS Entrepreneur’s Club will receive more in-depth and 1:1 support to start and grow a business. Through biweekly meetings, field trips and competitions, students will gain the skills to create a business plan, pitch their idea for funding and sales and produce goods and services.

Through games and subject matter expert (SME) visits during biweekly meetings, Entrepreneur’s Club members will enhance their communication, problem solving, analytical, decision-making and negotiation skills.

Students with defined business ideas will be mentored and supported to participate in fall and/or spring Children’s Business Fair competitions in the Austin area. Those without defined ideas will be encouraged to attend the fair and also learn as judges or audience members at Pitch-A-Kid competitions. All students will visit incubator spaces in Austin as well as strategic corporate spaces to learn more about topics such as manufacturing, marketing, inventory management, distribution, etc.

 

Model UN (MUN)

Model UN is an education simulation in which students have the opportunity to learn about diplomacy, resolution of conflict, the international system and international politics. MUN Club will meet weekly throughout the entire year and learn through lecture, learner-centered small groups, group discussions and presentations, debates, action cycle (IB), individual inquiry, peer-revision, and MUN simulations.

In collaboration with the Global Elementary Model United Nations organization, students will become delegates of specific nations and work towards participation in the GEMUN Global Conference in May of each year. Conference attendees will participate in role playing through a general assembly, council and committee meetings as well as delegate caucusing.

Students in grades 3rd – 8th at MIS may participate in Model UN.

Learn more about Global Elementary Model of United Nations.

Chess Club

Started by some chess-passionate parents in the fall of 2017, Chess Club is a weekly meeting of students and parents interested in enhancing the critical thinking skills required to be competitive playing chess.

Open to all levels of experience, Chess Club is a casual way to introduce your child to the game and develop skills they will carry with them for a lifetime!