Project-Based Learning at
BASIS Independent Brooklyn
Term Project Week is a BASIS Independent Schools tradition at the close of every school year! The week provides a chance for students at all grade levels to engage in exciting multidisciplinary projects. This year, students will spend four days (depending on the project) grouped with their Term Project Advisors and the other students enrolled in the project. Some projects are classroom-based, others have the students out and about, and some are a mix of the two. We have academic, creative, and athletic options at all levels, and a number of our projects this year are eco-oriented!
This spring, our students have over 40 projects to choose from. You can see a selection below!
Mission: Animal Rescue, grades 1–2 Learn more about endangered animals and raise awareness within your community to help conserve the habitat of these creatures.
Urban Anglers, grades 3–7 Fishing is an excellent way to enjoy nature. After this great week outdoors, our students will learn safe and responsible angling, the basics of fishing tackle/angling techniques, the different types of NYC fish, and how to care for their catch!
Future NYC, grades 5–7 Can you imagine what New York City might look like in 50 years? 100 years? 500 years? Our art group will explore ideas about how cities change over time, looking at architectural and popular images of past and present urban landscapes.
Ecology of NYC, grades 8+ By enrolling in The Ecology of Music, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of both natural sounds and artificial, human-wrought green spaces which comprise our city’s park system. The final day will capstone our explorations with a musical project in which students will create and develop their very own ECOmposition by using any artistic medium, multimedia, or format of their choosing to create natural sounds in what is arguably an unnatural environment.
The BASIS Independent Brooklyn academic career culminates in the Senior Project
, a 3 month-long opportunity for seniors to explore their interests and conduct a large-scale independent research project. A number of our Senior Projects at BASIS Curriculum Schools have involved the earth and our environment, such as the following:
Surviving the Summer: Quantifying The Urban Heat Island Effect Over the Arizona Sun Corridor
CleanChain: An Environmentally-Friendly Air Quality-Detecting Keychain
An Education Beyond the Classroom This project aims to explore whether a short term outdoor education has any significant influence on long term environmental viewpoints.
Effects of Urbanization on Mimicry in Mockingbirds
You can learn more about Senior Projects and the process here