All 4th grade students presented their Tower Projects in a virtual format on Wednesday, June 3. They followed in the footsteps of Middle School and Upper School students, who presented their projects in May
A total of 77 students gave presentations, many of which students completed at home, on their own, with guidance and feedback from their teachers and mentors. While virtual presentations were not what students and teachers had intended at the beginning of the year, it allowed for family members from across the country join in, resulting in one of the biggest Tower Project events to date. A link to a video of all presentations will be posted here
in the next few days.
Congratulations to the students for their hard work, and many thanks to all of the mentors and the Lower School Tower Project team, 4th grade teachers Laura Blanchet, Katelyn Peter, Kelley Sovol, and Leandra Zdrojewski.
About Tower Projects
Tower Project is a student-centered, teacher-mentored, and school-supported experiential learning program that encourages students to pursue their own interests and take their learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
Students in each division work on developing, researching, and creating a Tower Project on a topic of their choice for an entire academic year. They meet with teachers, members of the USM community, mentors, and local experts who help them define and refine their topic, conduct research, create presentations, and stay on track throughout the duration of the project.
As a result of their work, students gain academic skills such as research, writing (both academic and reflective), critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, and project creation. They also gain confidence and abilities in public speaking, problem solving, time management, relationship building, risk taking and more, all in a supportive and encouraging environment.