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