Research and hands-on learning are key components of the GFS experience at all levels, and students across divisions engaged in important projects this week.
Third Grade students wrapped up their annual state project with the state fair, where students shared fun facts about their chosen state with parents, grandparents and special guests. The 12-week project also included a delicious feast, featuring popular foods from their state. More than just a fun and informative way to learn about the states, this interdisciplinary research project develops "presentation, publication and public speaking skills," noted Gail Hutton, Head of the Lower Division, in her welcome to families.
In the Middle School, 7th Graders spent the week doing market research, meeting with faculty and staff, preparing proposed budgets and developing new initiatives and innovative solutions to present to a panel of judges in a Shark Tank-style culmination to Project Innovate. Project Innovate is a key component of the Middle School Signature Projects, which are in-depth investigations by nature and interdisciplinary by approach. These projects target specific 21st century skills, create more fluidity within curriculum and build a stronger foundation of authentic interdisciplinary learning.
And in the Upper School, engineering and science students joined alumna Christine Knauss '09 and her mentor, Dr. Jeff Cornwell from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, to hear lessons and strategies learned from environmental research on the Bay and around the world and assist in taking water samples from our very own pond. The samples will be tested for overall health as part of a yearlong project in the Engineering and Design class.