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Senior Passion Projects Virtual Presentations

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 • 6:30pm-8:45pm EST

OVERVIEW: 
Grounded in experiential and project-based learning, and with inquiry, reflection, and action at the core of its mission, Senior Passion Projects is a selective, elective, independent, learner-centered and self-directed program that affords qualified and approved participants the opportunity to let their lives speak beyond the traditional high school environment by sampling a potential career, serving the community, or exploring a deep personal interest that culminates in a formal and reflective presentation to a panel of faculty, staff, alumni and Trustees on the expectations, challenges, lessons and rewards of said experience.

See the Video Recording of the 2021 Senior Passion Project Presentations

SSFS Senior Passion Project

Join us for an exciting evening event as  seven SSFS Seniors present their Senior Passion Projects!

Senior Passion Project 2021
Behind the Music: The Art & Recording of Drain

For me, as an experimental artist, to create is to learn. For my senior passion project, I want to document exactly how much I can learn through independently creating. I am recording Drain, my second independent album. Doing so has afforded me the opportunity to learn how to process and translate my subconscious, as well as further my insight to recording techniques and marketing. I want to document my process, from inspiration and creation to a tangible end product. 

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Nihonga: Preserving Traditional Japanese Art in an Era of Change

Fearing cultural and religious contamination, Japan isolated itself from the rest of the world for two hundred years, from 1639 to 1853. Reopening its borders kicked off an era of Western-inspired industrialization, innovation and creativity that included exposure to a new world of art. Intrigued by acrylics and oils, Japanese artists began travelling to Europe and the Americas to study Western style paintings, dubbed Yōga. Amid concerns that Yōga threatened their artistic culture, many Japanese artists began to reinvent their own styles by combining conventions and techniques from both Yōga and traditional Japanese art, Nihonga, to further explore what ‘tradition’ meant to them.

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A Brief History of Rocket Fuels

What I think we’re beginning to see is the dawn of a new era of space exploration,” said Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, in an interview with CNN in 2004. At a time when the aerospace industry is expanding beyond governmental agencies into the commercialized sector, space exploration is no longer a fantasy of the future. Additionally, as our planet becomes environmentally unstable, exacerbated by practices like releasing 37 billion tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere from burning fossil fuels and dumping 8 million metric tons of plastic into our oceans every year, the need to explore potential habitats beyond Earth is becoming an increased reality.

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Quarantine Journals: An Introspective Look at Lockdown's Effect on My Personal Life and Mental Health

Seeing an opportunity to turn the pitfalls of the pandemic into something productive and informative, I developed early on, in March of 2020, the concept of keeping a Quarantine Journal. Later, the opportunity to share my personal research with a wider audience presented itself by way of SSFS Senior Passion Projects. In this comprehensive project, I will detail my honest experiences, both positive and negative, with virtual school and lockdown, and share their effects on my academic and personal lives, as well as my mental and emotional well-being. By being open and vulnerable, I hope to provide my teachers with some insight into my academic performance, my fellow students with an amplified extension of their own perspective, and myself with an honest assessment of my evolution over the past year.

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3-Minute Science: Easy, Entertaining & Educational

Middle school science class: you either love it, or you are just trying to get through it. Our 3-minute, educational, and entertaining videos for middle schoolers will dive deeply into science topics both to encourage eager learners and simplify complex ideas. Our foremost goal is to inspire a love of learning in younger SSFS students, and through posting our videos on a public YouTube channel, we hope to reach larger audiences as well. We aim to serve as a resource for the SSFS middle school science teachers by tailoring our videos to their requests for topics which would most help and intrigue their students. 

As two young women actively pursuing our interests in STEM, we additionally aspire for our videos to share the excitement of science with younger girls.

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Built to Last: A Woodworking Project

For my senior passion project, I aim to design and create an entrance table, as a gift for the SSFS community, while deepening my understanding of the process of furniture making. Only in hindsight have I come to realize that there is a beautiful symmetry in my choice to leave behind an entrance table as I depart this beloved community. 

Some of the wood for this project has been sourced from White Ash trees on the campus of Sandy Spring Friends School that had been cut down due to the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer; and while they may no longer be living plants that future generations of students can walk past and appreciate, I hope to preserve their natural beauty in a way that can last much longer than the trees had the chance to live. To me, woodworking is the perfect combination of art, engineering, and nature. 

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Agenda

6:35 PM Opening Remarks
6:40 PM Behind the Music: The Art & Recording of Drain
By Patrick “Remy” Poulin
7:00 PM

Nihonga: Preserving Traditional Japanese Art in an Era of Change
By Beatrix Bredt 

7:20 PM A Brief History of Rocket Fuels
By Gabe Pickard
7:40 PM Quarantine Journals: An Introspective Look at Lockdown's Effect on My Personal Life and Mental Health
By Dankwa Nnoma-Addison
8:00 PM 3-Minute Science: Easy, Entertaining & Educational
By  Ariana Daney & Allison Dixon
8:20 PM Built to Last: A Woodworking Project
By Matt Roome
8:40 PM Acknowledgements & Closing Remarks

See the 2020 Virtual Senior Passion Project Presentation Video Recording below:

You can also visit the 2020 Senior Passion Project web page here.