Capstone Projects: Class of 2017

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:


Researcher: Blake
Topic: Biofuels
Thesis: Biofuels will benefit environmental sustainability as well as the economy.


Researcher: Liz
Topic: Spontaneous Art
Thesis: Spontaneous Art improves creativity, boosts confidence, and reduces anxiety in children.

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Researcher: Adam
Topic: Green Design
Thesis: Buildings designed to be eco-friendly can positively affect your health and the earth using techniques such as solar panels.


Researcher: Alice
Topic: Cuttlefish
Thesis: Cuttlefish camouflage has and can impact science and technology.


Researcher: Baxter
Topic: Aviation
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:

Researcher: Celia
Topic: Vlogging
Thesis: Vloggers have a positive impact on their viewers by making a community, creating educational entertainment, being activists, and providing a good role model. 

Researcher: Duncan
Topic: National Parks
Thesis: People will continue to affect the environment of the National Parks in a variety of ways.


Researcher: Maddie
Topic: Cosplay
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.

Researcher: Rustam
Topic: Engines
Thesis: Passenger automobiles powered by electricity are better in numerous ways than vehicles powered by gasoline products. 


Researcher: Chloe
Topic: 2-D Animation
Thesis: Utilizing animation as a tool in storytelling will help the message reach people of all ages. 

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Researcher: Rayne
Topic: Fandom
Thesis: Being a fan inspires creativity and is great for one’s mental health, helping with problems such as depression.


Researcher: Johana
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.