Projects

Projects at EKA are also different from the typical poster board that the word “project” usually connotes.  A typical project at EKA consists of several pieces.  There is first the idea and the essential question.  Students must ask themselves what it is they want to know or research.  Then, they must find multiple reliable sources to help them find the answer to their questions.  Use of primary sources such as original documents, or people in the specific field is encouraged.  At the older grade levels, the students create their own timelines, and schedules with milestones to help them stay on target.  Students also track their time on projects, just as they would in a real world situation.  There is a written component of a finished project as well as a visual.  Depending on the age and capability of a student, this can be a paragraph to a 5-10 page paper.  Visuals come in all different shapes and sizes from plays, drawings, models, songs and Keynote presentations.  No matter how different the project though, at EKA all projects must have a presentation of learning.  Even at the Kindergarten level, students present to their advisor and their peers the information that they have gathered through the learning process.  Students become natural public speakers as they learn to speak out and answer questions about the new knowledge they have gained.  The final piece of a project is the self reflection.  This is a student’s opportunity to look back at the work they have done and look for ways to improve their methods and critically assess their efforts.  Knowing how to evaluate one’s own work and to find methods to achieve higher learning the next time, is just one of the skills that students at EKA possess.  In order to meet graduation requirements at EKA, seniors create a 120 hour capstone project that they must defend in front of the entire school.  These projects must give something back to the school community or the community as a whole.  This process prepares EKA students for post-secondary education opportunities, as well as becoming valued members of Nevada’s workforce.

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