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Expert Symposium

TUESDAY, 3.3.20 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 3 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.

Students have researched the following topics: Depression, Meditation, Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, 3D Printing for Medical Uses, Solar Energy, Biofuels, The Placebo Effect, Effects of Violent Video Games, The Science of Cooking, Dreams, Therapy Animals, CRISPR-Cas9,  The Psychological Effects of a Recession, The Dopamine System, Adolescent Depression, The Fibonacci Sequence, Vaping, Brain Aneurysms, Dolphin Intelligence, Meditation, Capgras Syndrome, Training Your Habits and Opioids.

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