Several Westtown students will collaboratively pursue individual projects as a part of their regular academic load. To be accepted into the class each student developed a proposal, found a mentor outside of the Westtown faculty and staff, created a timeline for the project, and asked for letters of support from department chairs, parents, and advisers.
Two key components of the Independent Seminar are the student relationship with the mentor and the student blogging about his or her work. Check back here (or subscribe to this blog) to follow the projects as they evolve. To make it easier for you to follow their work, the individual projects have been grouped into five different categories.
- History and Current Issues: First Semester Nate will write about his study of the Middle East and especially Syria.
- World Languages and Cultures:First Semester Lyra will share what she is learning about French fairy tales (read in the original French) and Conor will explore German attitudes toward immigration. Eric will be examining the Japanese education system.
- Literature and Poetry: First Semester Tristan and Habeeb will write about the poets’ process.
First and Second Semester Taylor is working on her YA science fiction novel and writing short stories.
- Science: Second Semester Anne Katherine combines her interests in music and astrophysics. Tim is researching a topic in theoretical physics.
- Visual and Performing Arts: Emma is our visual artist preparing her first portfolio of work for colleges. She will also be pursuing creative writing. Isabel is a multi-talented performer developing an original dance piece and preparing for piano and singing recitals.
- Math and Technology: Shuangcheng will examine problems to help his math teammates prepare for a competition and he will develop a mathematical model for our Director of Sustainability. Chester will be developing a computer program for our Dean of Students and Weekend Coordinator.