Joshua K. knew he wanted to grow as a songwriter and music producer.
Eighth-Grade Recital Project
The Eighth-Grade Recital Project is a student rite of passage at Nueva. Recital was established more than twenty years ago as an opportunity for students to investigate and learn about a passion of their choosing. Many students continue to pursue their Recital Project's area of interest in high school in the form of Quest.
Design thinking tenets are practiced throughout the project to help students brainstorm and evaluate different options at each stage of the project. Eighth-Grade Recital Projects require students to:
- choose a project area and make a plan
- recruit and meet with a mentor (an adult who is not their parent) in the field of study
- write a research paper (1,000 words or more) that structures knowledge of an aspect of the project and/or gives greater context for the project
- draft a comprehensive project plan with monthly updates (this comprehensive plan teaches students project-management techniques for long-term projects)
Recital Night is a celebratory evening! Student presenters display and perform their projects while fielding questions from parents, family friends, and mentors.
Owen Y.-L. wrote a musical based on a traditional Chinese folktale.
James redesigned an already great game to include motors and electronics and many new mini golf type holes.
Ananya innovated a paper test to detect unsafe levels of lead in drinking water.
Gabi constructed a computer that runs virtual reality technology.
Peter designed and built a desk that could also function as a bench.
Jeremy wrote, played, produced, and mastered a fusion instrumental album.