Middle School students use their creativity in different ways during Project Week, which takes place in January between the first and second semesters.
In 2017, 23 workshops were offered, covering a wide of experiences. Students could learn about medicine through a "Lenox Anatomy" workshop at Lennox Hill Hospital. They could study fashion design with a New York designer, cooking with a renowned chef, film production with a Hollywood director, theater production with the staff of Wicked, sports journalism, speciality food businesses, "Escape the Room" puzzle-solving, and other activities focused on art, design, business, music, science, sports, and the outdoors.
Students learned about entrepreneurship and the natural food business at Juice Press.
Brad Anderson, a Riverdale parent and director of the upcoming film Beirut, led a workshop on how movies are put together.
Other recent workshops have included:
- "Sports Journalism at Yankee Stadium": A group of students conducted a mock interview with Brian Cashman and talked with sports journalists at the New York Post during Project Week in 2016. Watch the video.
- "Dinosaurs, Lasers, and Robots'": Students built a life-sized woolly mammoth. Read the news story.
- "Modern Apothecary": Botany, bacteria, and beauty/personal care. Students learned about how plants can be used for a myriad of purposes.
- "Robocode": Students programmed Sphero, the robotic ball, for a golf game and a mission with a drone.
- "Butter Jam": Students designed and built their own musical instruments using all kinds of materials, and then formed a band and made a music video.
- Creating the Terra Chip: How do new products get created? Working with Hain Celestial Company, pictured above, students learned about creating, producing and marketing new foods. Read the news story.
- Exploring Van Cortlandt Park: Students investigated the history of the park and its relationship to the surrounding community, documenting their research and experiences with photography and short narratives. Read the news story.
- White Mountains: A Winter Exploration: Students learned technical skills for winter camping and hiking as well as leadership styles, group dynamics, and risk assessment during a trip to Cardigan Mountain in New Hampshire. Read the news story.