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Expert Symposium

TUESDAY, 3.5.19 AT 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 Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. This is an exciting night to hear what the students have learned, and to have a chance to ask questions about the topics.

This year’s research includes the following:

Anger Management Difficulties
Allergies and Treatments
The International Space Station
Is it Worth the Risk? All you need to know about risky behavior
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Do You Want to Read This? Make the decision.
Phobias and Irrational Fear
How We Know What To Do: Human and Animal Instinct
Assistive Technology
Is This Real? A Study of Hallucinations.
Allergies and How to Help
The Social Science of Race
The Physics of Ice Hockey
Stress and Depression
The Science of Laughter
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Time Dilation
Multiple Personalities
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Social Media’s Effects on Teens
The Cultural and Economic Effect of the Internet
Anger Issues

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