Lucy - Modern Dance

Lucy - Modern Dance

Lucy focused on developing her choreography skills and expanding her knowledge of development of modern dance. She strove to come up with her own definition of dance by reading visions statements by dance pioneers, including Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, and she studied the works of various choreographers, from Alvin Ailey to Ohad Nahirin to Abby Lee Miller. She then choreographed a solo, a duet and a group dance, building her skills in movement invention and in teaching her movement to other dancers of varying abilities and backgrounds.

Eliza - Theater Production

Eliza - Theater Production

Many people have heard of the great plays, the great actors, but rarely, if ever, do they hear about the people in the background.  One role that rarely gets mention is lighting technicians even though they set the whole tone of the play by changing the brightness, programming strobes and other special effects, or highlighting a certain part of a scene. Eliza studied the history and techniques of theatrical lighting and applied these to helping design the lighting for “Once On This Island” and designing the lighting for New Play Lab’s play.

Matthew - Exploring Populism

Matthew - Exploring Populism

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, many analysts have tried to deconstruct the forces at play, and understand the emergence of new priorities for candidates across the aisle. One such ideological basis is that of Populism, a political platform that is meant to represent the interests of common people. In 2016, both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump represented different brands of populism. Matthew’s research has focused on understanding the similarities and differences between Populism on the left and right sides of the political spectrum in the areas of the Rust Belt and Appalachia. 

Alexander - Dadism

Alexander - Dadism

During the First World War,  there was a new pool of artists fleeing the war from countries that were involved.  This led to the a rise of a new movement called Dadaism. Dadaism was a completely experimental, hyper-abstract artform that started out as performance art and later shifted to visual arts. Alexander started out the year studying Dadaism and the cultural context from which it arose.  He aspires to follow in the footsteps of these experimental artists creating provocative, hyper-abstract films.

Hyeong Bin - Teaching Math in the Flipped Classroom

Hyeong Bin - Teaching Math in the Flipped Classroom

Hyeong Bin studied teaching math through the flipped classroom where each student solves problems by themselves so that they are able to work at their own pace. He has been researching the benefits and challenges of the flipped classroom method, teaching classes using that method, and learning some different mindsets that are important to have as a teacher. Hyeong Bin’s work relates to methods that make a real difference in schools across the globe, and he hopes that this experience will provide him insights as he builds his own career in education. 

Emil - Fashion Design

Emil - Fashion Design

Emil Hristache has always been interested in fashion. Emil believes that the most important part of good fashion is individuality, and creating something that stands out and is entirely unique. He took an online course called Fashion 101, focusing on everything from the basics of fashion to the current big fashion brands. He also studied fashion history , and learned how the early big brands like Coco Chanel have influenced fashion. As part of the class, he designed and made a prom dress for a friend.

Jared - Designing and Building a Bicycle

Jared - Designing and Building a Bicycle

Jared designed and built a wooden bike. He researched existing bikes and adapted models to customize measurements for his own fully wooden bike frame. His bike frame is made of many layers of wood glued together, which were then cut out and formed. Jared’s attention to detail is shown through the precise angle on the headset of the bike and the length of the seat and chain stay. Jared then built a custom carbon bike from scratch, taking the what he learned in the wooden frame building process to a new level.

Warren - Making an Electric Bicycle

Warren - Making an Electric Bicycle

Warren has spent a lot of time at Dublin working on and building electronic machines such as the devices made on the robotics team. Warren also was a part of the mountain biking team. So when he had the option to take senior project, he put two of his favorite things together in order to pick a topic that would best suit him, building an electric bike (ebike for short). In addition to building a new bike, he has been doing research on the benefits of hands-on learning, which directly correlates to the process of building his bike.