Senior Projects

Senior Projects provide an opportunity for students to pursue in-depth, independent work on a topic of their own interest that is not directly addressed in Riverdale’s curriculum. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, students who choose to participate in this program dedicate the final weeks of the academic year to the successful completion of the project, culminating in a presentation to the Riverdale community. Students may participate in a 4-week independent project, a 4-week community-based project, or the selective 7-week (extended) independent project. In addition to the final project presentation, all participating students reflect upon their progress and learning in a daily journal, and submit an academic paper of approximately one thousand words. Past projects have included designing voice recognition technology, creating a solar-powered charging station, studying plants suitable for green roofs, analyzing the ethics of computer viruses, producing a documentary on microfinance, creating stop-motion videos to teach scientific concepts, and exploring the physics of cello-playing, among others.  

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Senior Project Highlight

My Best Friend Lexi

For her senior project, Aliah Banchik '17 wrote a children's book entitled "My Best Friend Lexi." Aliah's book seeks to bring awareness, understanding, and humor to a common learning difference, and attempts to disarm the word "dyslexia" of its associations with disorder and disability. In order to make the book especially enjoyable for dyslexic readers, many of whom think in pictures rather than words, "My Best Friend Lexi" is also a coloring book.

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