Key School seventh and eighth grade students presented their research projects today, a tradition that goes back more than ten years. Students started their projects in November by creating research binders to organize the information as the collected and coded. They synthesized their research into a multi-step research essay and presented their slide presentations as a culmination of their research projects.
Key seventh-graders' topic was to research an influential person from the U.S. who made a positive impact on society. Their subtopics were historical context/era; biography: struggle and growth; and lasting impact.
Key eighth-graders' focus was to research non-profits that address a community need. Not only do they look closely at the problem, but also the history, possible solutions, what is presently available in Buncombe County, and then make recommendations. Students also completed ten or more hours of service learning for hands-on experience. After their presentations, eighth-graders fielded questions from the audience.