Senior projects

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Senior projects
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Thu, 03-27-2014 - 12:11pm

In my son's school in order to graduate each senior has to do a project in their concentration area (similar to a college major, they have "academies" that each student has to pick junior year).  This has been a project that they started in the beginning of the year--they have to come up with an idea, do research, report on their progress to their advisor every week, then last night the had the fair and every student (some work in groups) had a table for their presentation--a 3-fold board, some had videos on their laptops and they all had to explain the project to anyone who came by.  My son's project was on attitudes toward LGBT students in school and how teachers could integrate tolerance into their lesson plans so that LGBT students wouldn't feel discriminated against--he made a video and presented it to the teachers beforehand.

I was really impressed at the ideas that the different students came up with and the amount of work that went into these projects.  Some of the project that I remembered:

- concussion injuries in sports

- how the media portrays beauty and how that influences kids

- how to write a novel (the girl actually wrote and illustrated a book)

- some kids started an after school program in an elementary school and played with the kids

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 03-31-2014 - 9:39am
My ODD didn't have to do a senior project, but I have heard from many others that it is becoming more and more common to have to do one to graduate. It sounds like there were some very interesting subjects!
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 04-01-2014 - 5:10pm

My kids' high school doesn't have a senior project, but they do have a 3 week senior internship. Students have to come up with these themselves. One kid worked at Walden Media, another shadowed a zookeeper at a local zoo, another worked in a lab at MIT. My daughter worked as an aide at a private elementary school. She got to do everything from playing the piano and leading songs to leading them on a hike. It made her think she might like to go into teaching, although at the high school or college level.

Kids are definitely a lot more prepared for the working world than my generation was. We were thrilled just to make a litlte money scooping ice cream or lifeguarding.

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 10:15am

At DS school it is called Senior Synthesis. He has been working on a Habitat For  Humanity home and will be done in a few weeks. This is his last major project off the year. Hard to believe he gr

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 10:17am

At DS school it is called Senior Synthesis. He has been working on a Habitat For  Humanity home and will be done in a few weeks. This is his last major project off the year. Hard to believe he gr

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 10:19am

At DS school it is called Senior Synthesis. He has been working on a Habitat For  Humanity home and will be done in a few weeks. This is his last major project off the year. Hard to believe he gr

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Registered: 05-13-1998
Fri, 04-18-2014 - 12:43pm

My DD has to put together a 30 minute presentation of her journey through high school including detailing the 4 required internships they have completed. It's an introspective thing really... just publically presented lol. I know my DS will have a senior project at his high school but that is 4 years away. They are more similar to what you described.

Congrats to your son. Sounds like a fulfilling project for him!