1) BTHS Library Summer Passion Project
With the lack of summer jobs, internships, and other opportunities in 2020, students are looking for ways to learn and expand their experiences while at home. An independent passion project (aka 20% time project) is a great way to take advantage of this time to delve into personal interests and it also shows student initiative. Projects that involve research and learning can be shared with teachers who write recommendation letters, be incorporated into college essays, and included on college applications.
The Summer Passion Project program involves a student (or a group of students) developing their own project and learning about something they are passionate about, but also sharing the learning in a way that could be useful or potentially useful, and reflecting on their experience.
Students in the program are following their own desires to learn and reach out, mixing and matching among their diverse interests. The projects include time spent learning through books, research articles, interviews, testing, etc. Students in the program are writing and sharing songs, blogs, websites, stories and a novel, poems, computer code, interviewing alumni, teaching classes and mentoring projects for younger students, doing a Ted Talk, making and editing videos, making masks, and starting a baking business. Some will be learning and teaching about the Chinese Exclusion Act, food science, fogponics, gentrification, current politics, the crisis in Yemen, comparing Covid in different countries, discrimination in health care, climate change, how to reduce plastic in businesses, sharing college advice, staying organized with schoolwork, how not to raise a serial killer, photography, how to make miso and more!
While the deadline has passed to sign up, students can do their own passion projects and submit them for sharing; there is still almost a month before projects are due.
If you are interested in sharing your Passion Project with the school community, please mail your finished presentation (Video file, PowerPoint, Google Slides, Presi, etc.) to the BTHS Library by Aug 25th; we can't wait to see it! Learning + Making + Sharing + Reflection = Passion Project! See here for more information: https://bthslib.weebly.com/summer-passion-project
2) Summer Reading - Students should check the Tech homepage for summer reading assignments. Summer homework is due by September 21.