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Expert Symposium — 7 pm

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 April 2 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’s topics include:

The Science of Sailing
Alzheimer’s Disease
Stem Cells
The Science of Photography
Nutrition
The Immune System
Intelligent Animals in Captivity
Antibiotic Resistance
Light and Color
The Changing Brain
Sleep, Exercise and the Brain
The Science of Dreams
Muscle Memory
Habits
Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Ebola
The Science of Meditation
DNA
The Science of Laughter
Stress
Logic
Brain Lateralization
The Science of Music

This short film on the Expert Project, produced by 8th-grader Gabby Bruck in 2013, explains more about the project.