The Capstone Project is a year long process in which Breakwater's 8th grade students pursue independent research on a topic of their choice, produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the subject, conduct a visual and oral presentation before an audience, and, with the guidance of faculty and community mentors, complete a product inspired by their topic and a gift to the school from which they will soon graduate.
Several of our students have produced content for the internet related to their area of study. Their products appear below, preceded by a synopsis of all Capstone theses from the Breakwater class of 2017.
Topic and Thesis:
Thesis: Biofuels will benefit environmental sustainability as well as the economy.
Topic: Spontaneous Art
Thesis: Spontaneous Art improves creativity, boosts confidence, and reduces anxiety in children.
Topic: Green Design
Thesis: Buildings designed to be eco-friendly can positively affect your health and the earth using techniques such as solar panels.
Thesis: Cuttlefish camouflage has and can impact science and technology.
Thesis: Despite recent and rapid advances in drone technology, there will be demand for human pilots for at least the next three generations.
Topic, Thesis and Internet Content:
Thesis: Vloggers have a positive impact on their viewers by making a community, creating educational entertainment, being activists, and providing a good role model.
Topic: National Parks
Thesis: People will continue to affect the environment of the National Parks in a variety of ways.
Thesis: Creating cosplay costumes has value because people can use cosplay to express creativity, as a tool to meet new friends, and as a job.
Thesis: Passenger automobiles powered by electricity are better in numerous ways than vehicles powered by gasoline products.
Topic: 2-D Animation
Thesis: Utilizing animation as a tool in storytelling will help the message reach people of all ages.
Thesis: Being a fan inspires creativity and is great for one’s mental health, helping with problems such as depression.
Topic: Street Art
Thesis: Street art is a useful emotional outlet because it can be used for self expression, allows creativity and is accessible.
Questions? Please email our 7 and 8th grade teaching team.