iQuest Opportunities

The classroom is a stepping stone into the full sweep of learning experiences at Chatham Hall. It is not the beginning, nor the end. Our girls are encouraged to get their hands (literally) around a subject, to sharpen their powers of observation, to step forward with questions, and to communicate clearly what they see and believe.

iQuest makes funds available for students and faculty to add local, national, and international travel components to traditional courses, new courses, and independent study. Students have applied for and received support to take on subjects as wide ranging as a science/chemistry internship to create a line of make-up, veterinary studies, self-sustaining environmental work, and attending a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural workshop in Chicago. If you want to learn by doing, Chatham Hall is the place for you.

Who has been out in the world finding answers to their questions? Sasha made a pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago in Spain over spring break. After researching pilgrimages and spirituality, she and a teacher hiked with other pilgrims and spoke with a monk who gave Sasha perspective regarding her spirituality and the role that religion plays in her life.

Singer-songwriter and Chatham Hall student Walker was recently in Nashville learning about the music scene there and meeting with musician Marshall Campbell to discuss Walker’s talent and how she could move forward with her music. A demo disk of original music will be the ultimate product of this iQuest.

Scientist Mary-Michael and physics teacher Molly Thomas traveled to Cambridge, MA, to study the work of astronomer and physicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin. At Harvard Univeristy’s Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Mary-Michael spoke with Professor Avi Loeb regarding Payne-Gaposchkin’s work. What better way for a young scientist to learn how curiosity and passion can lead to a life of discovery? Click here to view the documentary she created.

Teachers Dina Yassin and Liuying Jiang applied for and received funding to expose students in English as a Second Language classes to Amercan history first hand. Nothing brings colonial history to life quite like a tour of Jamestown and Williamsburg. After steeping in early US history, students moved to Richmond, VA to tour the capitol to understand the democratic process and how what they learned about colonial history applies to modern life. 

Every iQuest is different and represents the interests and motivation of each student who participates in this program. What’s your burning question – and where will it take you?