Year 8: Luminosity

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There is a special quality to light that slips through darkness; when the sun breaks through storm clouds to illuminate a mountain peak for just a moment, when a person stands against the chaos, or by their very presence brings lightness to a room. To be luminous is to be full of light. A lumen is a scientific term that describes a very specific amount of light. A lumen is to light what a liter is to water. Knowing that does not make the light on the mountain more understandable. “How much” is not a substitute for “why,” and “why” is almost always more interesting. In astronomy, “luminosity” is the total amount of energy emitted per unit time by a star, galaxy, or other astronomical object, but in life, luminosity describes how light is transformed by reflection, absorption, and transmission. We are brighter when we stand in each other’s luminous presence.

In the 2018/2019 school year, we dove into this study of Luminosity through Heart, Spark, and Rainbow.

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In a strange twist of fate, Year 8 tried and tested our convictions as a community: we were required to move out of our beloved space at 1960 Bryant Street and find a new temporary home at the Palace of Fine Arts, where the Exploratorium was once housed. In true Brightworks fashion, we found that everything is interesting and relied on resilience and perseverance to get through this disruption. By the end of the school year, we had found a longer term home at 360 9th Avenue. The spirit of Brightworks lives on in our kids and community members as we begin this new phase of our school’s development!