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cultivating sparks of genius in children
the spark program

the mission

Every student has numerous "sparks of genius” within. A spark starts as an interest, talent or strength, and is cultivated with awareness and purpose. The exploration of one spark leads to another. The Spark Project offers students a process for cultivating sparks that we hope they will turn to over and over in their lives.

what is the spark project?

The project is a significant piece of work that is the product of each student’s own initiative and creativity. Students pursue an area of personal interest investigating a topic, establishing a plan, taking action to create a product, and reflecting on the process. Students share their products and experiences throughout the process with the school community at a virtual exhibition.

students can:

  • participate in sustained, self-directed inquiry
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation.
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time.
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
  • demonstrate responsible actions through, or as a result of, learning.
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their actions.

examples of spark projects

  • an original work of art: painting, sculpture, movie, dance, or music
  • a science experiment
  • a piece of literary fiction, collection of short stories, poetry, novella, or play
  • an invention or specifically designed object
  • a community service activity
  • a video or multimedia presentation
  • a presentation of a developed business, or organizational plan for a company, concept, or community organization
  • a written piece of work on a social or psychological topic
  • the pursuit of a certification