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Riverdale Announces Offerings for Middle School Project Week
Posted 11/18/2014 04:02PM

The Middle School gives students a broad array of learning experiences outside the classroom. This year, the faculty is offering even more possibilities through Project Week, which will happen in January between the first and second semesters.

More than 20 workshops are planned, giving students opportunities to collaborate with teachers and one another as they act, write, drum, build, code, research, debate, dance, laugh, cook, and photograph. Students can explore feminism, immigration, sustainability, museum collecting, and cultural crosscurrents, among other themes. Many of them will perform in some fashion as the culmination of the experience. Students have been asked to return sign-up forms listing their top choices by Friday so that the faculty can form the workshop groups.

Some of the activities include:

  • African Drumming and Rhythms: Students will learn rhythms using hand drums and the dances that are based on these rhythms as well as how this music shaped American music.
  • "Butter Jam": Students will design and build their own musical instruments using all kinds of materials, and then form a band and make a music video.
  • Creating the Terra Chip: How do new products get created? Working with Hain Celestial Company, students will learn about creating, producing and marketing new foods and then they will design their own concept and present it to Hain executives.
  • Exploring Van Cortlandt Park: Students will investigate the history of the park and its relationship to the surrounding community, documenting their research and experiences with photography and short narratives.
  • Fake News, Real Laughs: Watch out Saturday Night Live! Students will write and produce their own comedy news sketch.
  • Wet and Wild: Water in NYC: What lies beneath the surface of New York Harbor? Students will learn how water has shaped the city's development, how water is treated for human consumption, and what can be done to protect this important resource.
  • White Mountains: A Winter Exploration: Students will learn technical skills for winter camping and hiking as well as learning about leadership styles, group dynamics, and risk assessment during a trip to Cardigan Mountain in New Hampshire.

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