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Expert Symposium


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 19 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 Quantum Mechanics, Metallurgy of Iron and Steel, Narcissism, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Black Holes, Economics of the 2008 Housing Crash, Neurotransmitters and Mental Illness, Parkinson’s Disease, Behavioral Economics, Dream Interpretation, Animal Genetics, Body Image, Impacts on Sound and the Human Ear, Nuclear Energy, Drug Addiction and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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