Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
—Zora Neale Hurston
The annual event provides CHS students with an opportunity to share the results of their efforts—which in some cases even begins before the start of their senior year—with their peers and with the community. It also allows the students to engage in conversations about their experiences and about their learning. And, as is stated on the CHS Humanities website, the students’ projects will “take their education beyond the walls of Colchester High School and connect them to their local, state, national, and global communities.”
The action research projects are extensive. They are required for successful completion of the Senior Seminar course—and the course is a CHS graduation requirement. They necessitate comprehensive research that includes interviews, field research, and community service. The projects culminate in a research paper, project publication, class and public presentations, and a reflection essay. They are designed to allow the students to direct their own learning based upon their interests and to actively engage them with the community.
And some of the students opted to create websites to showcase their learning. Here are some of them for your enjoyment.
This year’s projects included the following topics:
Animal Abuse & Prevention
Bullying in Schools
Child Abuse Prevention &
Composting in Schools
Concussion Awareness in Athletes
Domestic Violence Prevention &
Firefighters and Healthcare
|Hunger in the United States
Importance of Music Education
Integrating Arts in Education
Invasive Species: Asian Long-horned Beetle
Issues Facing Returning Veterans
Littering Prevention & Impact
Pediatric Cancer Research
Prenatal Care v. Prematurity
PTSD in Veterans
Recovery from Hurricane Irene
Refugees in America
Wind Energy in Vermont
Youth Fitness & Childhood Obesity
The event was a proud undertaking for our seniors. Many thanks to all who attended the affair and showed their support!
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