One of the highlights of the 8th grade year at WMS is the Expert Project. This long-term research project requires dedication and organization, and no small amount of patience and hard work. The Humanities and Science teachers help students research, read their sources, make note cards, and organize their information. As drafts come in, they proofread papers and outlines, and help students define goals for revision. Students write letters to experts in their fields of research. This project concludes with the Expert Symposium, a formal public presentation. This year, the Symposium is slated for March 5 at 7 p.m. This is an exciting night to hear what the students have learned about, and to have a chance to ask questions about the topics.
This year the topics have ranged widely, and include: Intelligence, Quantum Mechanics, Genetic Engineering, Sleep and Dreams, the Thyroid, Psychopaths, the Science of Creativity, Memory, Multiple Universe Theories, Parkinson’s Disease, Behavioral Economics, Cancer, The Science of Cooking, the Effects of Captivity on Wild Animals, Black Holes, Migraines, Color Vision, the Science of Figure Skating, Radiation, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, the Human Brain and Nervous System, and The Science of Baseball.
Last year, 8th-grade student Gabby Bruck produced this short film on the Expert Project.