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Expert Symposium

TUESDAY, 3.1.20 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 1 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. In order to maintain a Covid-safe environment, each student is welcome to invite two guests (household family members only.)

This year’s research papers are titled:

Do You Want Fries with That?
Artificial Intelligence
Black Holes
Cosmetics: What’s the Big Deal?
Cryptocurrency: The Future of Money?
Dinosaur Hunting and Herding
Forensic Science
Music’s Effects on the Brain
Psychopaths and Serial Killers
PTSD and the Effect on the Brain
The Awakening Of Sleep
The Bubonic Plague
The Placebo Effect
The Science of Human Learning
The Source of Happiness
The study of Fears, Phobias, and Fear in General.
The Things You See But Do Not Know
Waking up to Sleep
What’s That Symptom?

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