In the days leading up to graduation, eighth grade students at Woodland School in Portola Valley, CA will present their findings and solutions on issues of global significance.
Eighth Grade Capstone
Translating Passion into Purpose
A hallmark of the middle school experience, the Eighth-Grade Capstone provides students with a yearlong, intensive opportunity to research a topic of local and global significance and ultimately present their findings to the Woodland community. Past projects have focused on immigration, agriculture and environmental dam and river restoration. The Capstone is designed to encourage students’ greater understanding of the wide-ranging impact of their subject, both in their local communities and on a global scale.
Capstone in Their Own Words:
My topic is the cycle of poverty among physically disabled youth in the Middle East – specifically in Iraq as a case study.
My topic is poverty in the Congo, and its causes. I got interested when my advisor was mentioning the Congo, and go interested in the numbers of people in poverty.
My topic is girls' education in Sierra Leone. Girls there don't have access to education because of poverty circumstances in their lives.
My topic is postnatal or post-partum depression in women. I wanted to focus on the health pillar, and since most people concentrate on the physical part of health.
My project is about the fact that many children in Peru are unable to access education.
My project is about primary education in Equatorial Guinea. I'm mainly focusing on access to primary education, but also the level and quality of primary education; because, when the quality is better, more people are likely to send their children to school.
I'm working with gangs in Los Angeles, trying to educate people about how to get out of gangs, and helping set up possible gang recovery centers here in Silicon Valley.