On April 28th, students working on capstone projects presented their work in the Signature Program Symposium. Students and teachers rotated throughout the day to view each capstone. The first rotation included a viewing of a documentary made by students in the Humanities Capstone. The documentary talked about microfinancing poor women in developing countries. Microfinancing is “a type of banking service that is provided to unemployed or low-income individuals or groups that would otherwise have no other means of gaining financial services.” They specifically talked about the organization A Wider Circle and the Women’s Microfinance Initiative (MWI). The students conducted several interviews with people associated with these organizations and intertwined the interviews with their documentary. At the end of the viewing, they opened up to questions. They explained how they chose their topic, and how they ultimately decided on microfinancing. The documentary was made by seniors Mollie Carroll, Charlotte Traver, Kyah Ayers, and Ashlyn Coleman.
The next rotation was a viewing of projects done by students in the STEM Capstone. This rotation began with a 15-minute-long video of the students explaining their projects. After, students got to walk around and ask questions. Some of the projects included: a Bullis composter, a water filter, and blend-it bike.
Around mid-day, the entire Upper School gathered in the auditorium for the 2nd annual Bullis Shark Tank. The students presented their ideas in front of a panel of judges, who would then compliment and critique their ideas. This year, the ideas included: a sports drink that prevents cramps, a social media app that connects college students with their friends, and heated socks. The winners of the $10,00 was Team Hot Socks.
The afternoon brought more talent. First, students got to view the impressive work from the Visual Arts Capstone. Monica Zuckerman ’15 created clothing. Her work focused on the theme of nature. Nature was represented in her clothing through recognizable color, organic patterns and outside world materials. Minnie Wu ’15 presented her collection of drawings. Her drawings were meticulously detailed and connected the real world and that of fantasy. Jordan Torres ’15 created digital paintings, Lauren Thompson ’15 created paintings with vibrant colors, and Kaliah Hobbs ’15 created drawings with grillz. Last but not least, students viewed presentations from the Performing Arts Capstone. Lily Cantral ’15 presented her choreographed dances, while Stephen Clement ’15 explained his work with sound design.
The day was full of fun and exemplified the many talents of Bullis students.