Project Week Catalog

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

In this project, you will learn to sew step by step while you create wonderful items. Learn the lifelong skills of hand-sewing to both create items as well as decorate them!   As the week progresses, so will your skills, and you may have the opportunity to envision additional projects, as well as to learn about environmentalism and social justice through sewing.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Creating with our hands can not only be fun, but also good for our mental health. During project week we will spend each day exploring a different art material and/or craft technique. We will meet ahead of time to choose what we want to explore as a groups as well as individual projects.  Screen time will be minimal. If you enjoying making things by hand, want to try out new materials, and miss having access to the art studios, this is the project week for you!

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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$0

This project week course is designed for the person who likes to draw, create, observe, refresh. It is also designed to challenge participants to use their drawings in a slightly different way. Each student will be keeping an art journal to capture the story of their project week, much like one would use an art journal while traveling. The focus will be on using different environments to capture the essence of what is going on around us, whether we are on campus or off. We will be sketching in ink and adding color to our drawings with watercolor.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

This project week course is designed for the person who likes to draw, create, observe, refresh. It is also designed to challenge participants to use their drawing in a slightly different way. Each student will be keeping an art journal to capture the story of their project week, much like one would use an art journal while traveling. The focus will be on using different environments to capture the essence of what is going on around us, whether we are on campus or off. We will be sketching in ink and adding color to our drawings with watercolor.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Overlake has an amazing campus.  So why not turn it into a destination for a wilderness experience?  We have trails, beautiful forests, mountain views when it is clear, and wild animals, or at least some hungry squirrels.  This Project Week is for those who are wanting to go on longer backpacking trips in the mountains but need to learn some skills first.

On day one we go over the packing list. Everyone will pack an overnight backpack. Students plan their own food and go shopping, go for a short hike in their neighborhood

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Overlake has an amazing campus.  So why not turn it into a destination for a wilderness experience?  We have trails, beautiful forests, mountain views when it is clear, and wild animals, or at least some hungry squirrels.  This Project Week is for those who are wanting to go on longer backpacking trips in the mountains but need to learn some skills first.  It will also fulfill the Outdoor Education graduation requirement.

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Open to:
5, 6
Cost:
$0

New day, New challenge. Tuesday is a Maker Day, Wednesday will be Genius Day, and Thursday will be Movement/Service Day. This Brain Buffet will provide you with a buffet of options that fit into each themed day. Reflect on what you’ve done each day in a Sway format. Then share your Sways with our group at the end of the week.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

It’s Crazy Baby!!! March Madness 2021 will be unlike any other. Last second shots, heartbreak losses, drama comebacks, and upset city. We will have fun watching and breaking down the NCAA March Madness Basketball tournament during our project week adventure. We will look at the brackets, diagram plays, look into game mechanics and situations, and take a deeper look at coaching strategies and ideas. If you have ever thought about coaching, interested in leadership, or want to take a deeper look at the NCAA March Madness tournament, this project may be for you.

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Open to:
11, 12
Cost:
$0

Play, experiment, and create ceramic utilitarian and sculptural pieces. Students will be provided with all the ceramic supplies they need to work individually at home. We will meet online as a group to learn various hand-building techniques then have time to create offline. Together, we will share inspiration and engage in idea generation. Final pieces will be fired and available for pick-up sometime after spring break.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

We will learn to identify comedy sketch types and plot formulas. We will then collaborate in production teams and write a 3 minute comedy sketch, such as the ones seen on SNL or Key and Peele. We will film either socially distanced or via stitching together the individually filmed elements to produce a final production for viewing and audience appreciation. Challenges and laughter will ensue.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

We are all aware that many members of our community are less fortunate than us. This is a fun and highly rewarding week of community service projects that meet the needs of people that could do with our support. Over the course of the week we'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of service projects.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

We are all aware that many members of our community are less fortunate than us. This is a fun and highly rewarding week of community service projects that meet the needs of people that could do with our support. Over the course of the week we'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of service projects.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Creative Paper provides an opportunity to use your ideas and learn how to use paper to make a project that will beautify your room, become a beautiful gift, or help you use your creativity to make something interesting to show or share.  Paper is very versatile, and paper can be anything from thin sheer paper, to rough carboard paper.  Projects can be endlessly creative, from a collage of interesting paper combinations, to a beautiful box you can use to put all your special treasures.  Your imagination will dictate your project's goals, and your patience and work will make it a reality.  

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Sculpey clay is a colorful, easy-to-use polymer clay that can be fired at low temperatures in an oven or toaster oven. I specialized in making beads and jewelry with Sculpey, but the craft possibilities are endless. In this project students will enjoy a hands-on, fun activity for hours and will walk away with some wonderful completed projects to wear or gift to others.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Are you interested in learning more about civil engineering?  Do you want to know more about how bridges and other structures are designed to be strong and stable?  This project will explore the physics behind trusses, learning about the forces of tension and compression.  Students will design, build, and test several bridge designs to see which will hold the most weight.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

The environmental club is leading a project focusing on building a new greenhouse on campus. This is a project that can be done socially distanced - only a couple of people need to be on campus setting up at a time. At home, members can work on various parts of this project - planting plants, creating irrigation systems, etc. Members of the Environmental Club can will use extra time at home to work on other projects related to the club, but this project week is open to all upper school students.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Have you ever noticed some of the sounds around you at home, outside, or in a forest? Birdcalls, car horns, construction sites can sound interesting and almost musical. Sometimes sounds that people find are used  to add an unusual percussive element to a piece of music.

In “Found Sound Club” we will each collect our own found sounds and share them with each other. As we collect our sounds, we can put our favorites together to make a “found sound collage”.

This is a chance to put your imagination in high gear, and use your ears to lead you to find  new sounds.

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Open to:
6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Students are allowed to apply for an Independent Project Week one time in grades 6-8 and once again in grades 9-12.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Students are allowed to apply for an Independent Project Week one time in grades 6-8 and once again in grades 9-12.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Cooking is a wonderfully creative and satisfying experience made all the more fulfilling when you share it with your family and friends. However, the act of selecting recipes, shopping for ingredients, sticking to a budget, preparing dishes, and then serving a complete meal can be difficult to orchestrate. This project week is designed to introduce you to the art of cooking. Beginning with an introduction to some key skills every cook needs to be successful, this project will engage you in the exploration of the world of food through a variety of recipe books and cooking techniques.

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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$0

This project week is about building plastic models of just about anything you can think of......cars, boats, planes, spacecraft, animals, buildings, anime characters, or you name it! I love video games and everything it offers, but with all the screen time involved with the online school is critical to take a break from screens to calm the mind and center the soul. Model building does this and so much more. What does one get out of building plastic models?  

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Do you love everything LEGO? Then LEGO Mania is for you! This project will include LEGO-building challenges and problems to solve with the pieces you have at home. One day you could be trying to build a zip line or a bridge or maybe you’re doing both with your eyes closed, and another day you may be trapped in a “virtual” room and you’ll need to design your way out! Take your LEGO building skills to the next level and get creative with a group of other LEGO-loving people.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

In this project, students will take part in a Marathon Relay. Each student will run 4 - 5 miles. All levels welcome – you do not have to be a fast runner. We will using your practice times on the first 2 days to make even teams. To prepare for the 26 mile relay, two days of training which might be home, in school or at neighborhood sites in small groups. On the third day we will come together for the relay. You will also learn about running form, nutrition, types of shoes, etc, from invited guest experts. The object is for each person to run 4-5 miles on each of the days at your own pace.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Who’s the best hitter in baseball? Does trading a solid, veteran player for prospects really benefit a team? Should anyone win the Cy Young with a win-loss record under 0.500? Ask these questions to fans in the 30 different major league baseball cities and you will get 30 decidedly different responses. What matters when considering a question as seemingly simple as “who’s the best hitter?” Are you talking about batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, runs created or wins above replacement?

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Wanting to connect with the tree-hugger in you? Get your nature vibes going with this project week sampler of nature-loving activities. Plunge your hands into dirt in the morning, and create your own natural face mask in the afternoon.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Get ready for a physical challenge...do you want to overcome obstacles? Parkour involves using your own body to creatively move through space to reach, climb, jump and balance.

Warm-up and learn parkour skills at-home, then explore your parks/backyard to practice skills discussed during the our morning and afternoon video chats.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Parkour for Upper School.  Thats right.  Get ready for a physical challenge...do you want to overcome obstacles? Parkour involves using your own body to creatively move through space to reach, climb, jump and balance.

Warm-up and learn parkour skills at-home, then explore your parks/backyard to practice skills discussed during the our morning and afternoon video chats.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Do you like to tinker with words? If so, this is the project for you! Throughout our time together, we will write a wide range of poems, taking time to explore a variety of poetic devices, terminology, and styles along the way. In addition, we will learn a number of bookbinding skills—and perhaps make our own paper—in order to create handmade books to house our poetry collections. Emphasis will be placed on individual style and choice to ensure each poetry book reflects its creator.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

This project is for the burgeoning cinemafile.  Students will watch movies in French and Spanish with a positive impact and English subtitles. We will discuss favorite movies, get to know each other and explore the notion of positive impacts. Students will create a visual representation of their favorite movie of the week. Additionally, at some point during the week we will have a special guest from the movie industry - we will learn about their career and their perspective on the future of filmmaking.

 

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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$0

Use a soldering iron pen to burn designs in wood. Free draw, use stencils, or copy pattern.  Learn ideas and techniques on how to easily create beautiful art and gifts. Feel the reward when you finish a project. No experience necessary we have Step-by-Step books and Guides to getting started you started in pyrography.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

A collaborative music project, where students would create an EP (mini album) together from their homes, sending their parts to each other to add theirs, mix, etc.

Hybrid Possible
Conditions permitting this project will be on campus for one day.  However, participants will be able to complete this project in an online format. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Joey Pauley, Project Week Director, at jpauley@overlake.org

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

We will explore the different designs of ancient Roman shields. Our goal is to make a curved Roman Shield with boss, based on the design of a 1st Century BCE scutum. You will need a space to cut, glue, and paint large items that will need to dry overnight.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Our goal will be to build an incredibly complex machine designed to take many steps to complete a simple task.  Remember the game Mousetrap?  We’ll follow the same model, but on a much larger scale and with an amazing array of everyday materials that can be adapted for anything but their intended use.  Students will learn some basic principles of mechanics and simple and complex machines, as well as be introduced to the use of workshop tools.  Requirements are a wild imagination and a willingness to experiment and create many spectacular failures before eventually finding success.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Our goal will be to build an incredibly complex machine designed to take many steps to complete a simple task.  Remember the game Mousetrap?  We’ll follow the same model, but on a much larger scale and with an amazing array of everyday materials that can be adapted for anything but their intended use.  Students will learn some basic principles of mechanics and simple and complex machines, as well as be introduced to the use of workshop tools.  Requirements are a wild imagination and a willingness to experiment and create many spectacular failures before eventually finding success.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

In this project, students will get to experience the joys of board gaming from the safe comfort of their own homes.  There are three main experiences to this project.  Each student will select a physical copy of a board game that they will keep and play as a one player game.  This can either be a game specifically designed to be played solo or a cooperative game where they can control all the roles in the game.  There are even one player role playing games if anyone wants to explore those instead.  Many of these involve journaling or map making as part of the experience.  The second element

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

Sportscenter is meant for students to dive deeper into their passion for sports.  In one week, students will learn what the life of a sports broadcaster looks like, the roles of a broadcasting team, what it takes to become a broadcaster and what a broadcaster does to prepare for a sporting event. Students will research a broadcasting mentor for an example of someone to look up to in the sports world. At the end of the week, each student will broadcast a sporting event of their choice. The week will be filled with watching, listening, researching, playing, and broadcasting sports!

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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$0

Our stories define us. They help us understand who we are by showing us where we came from, who we came from, what our relatives experienced, and what family means. The Overlake Story Project is an oral history collection project. Each participant will collect a meaningful story from a family elder. The topic of the story can be about any significant event the subject’s life—emigration, immigration or migration, education, marriage, parenthood, political activism, travel, or more.

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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$0

Build a miniature of the Fulton main stage and design miniature scenery for one or more plays. Supplies will be provided--you'll be building in foam core, cardboard, found objects, printed paper, spray paint, wire, clay, and whatever you can come up with that will best push your design to it's best look. We'll be building to scale and then lighting and photographing your work.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Build a miniature of the Fulton main stage and design miniature scenery for one or more plays. Supplies will be provided--you'll be building in foam core, cardboard, found objects, printed paper, spray paint, wire, clay, and whatever you can come up with that will best push your design to it's best look. We'll be building to scale and then lighting and photographing your work.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

"Tinkering is what happens when you try to do something you don't quite know how to do, guided by whim, imagination, and curiosity." Massimo Banzi

Learn how to program a microcomputer to do more than just make some LEDs blink! Create a wearable product that provides a solution to a problem.

Learn design thinking process while experiencing failure leading to success.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Have you thought about playing an instrument but never had the time or found it intimidating? Do you already play the piano, or other instrument and wanted to learn one more way to make music? The ukulele is amazing. It’s small enough that you can take it with you, and easy enough to learn that creating songs will come quickly. It sounds great alone, or if you sing along! Join me and learn how to play the ukulele.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11
Cost:
$0

The central activity is essentially walking, all day with breaks every 45 min.  Students should bring snacks, lunch, and water.  There will be some journaling, sketchbook-style work, and creative activities. This project will mainly be walking, conversation, and observation.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

In this project we will set a distance challenge. It could include a range of walking trail types (urban trails, around a city, neighborhood). You will mostly be off screens unless we decided to do some kind of photo challenge.

This project is modeled on Evergreen Challenge that includes individual goals, team goals, and possible scavenger hunts.

If you are looking for outside time, exercise time, fun times and team-building this is the project for you.

Also, snacks. And maybe prizes?

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Weird Al Overlake will teach kids how to understand how songs are composed and recorded.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Cooking is a wonderfully creative and satisfying experience made all the more fulfilling when you share it with your family and friends. However, the act of selecting recipes, shopping for ingredients, sticking to a budget, preparing dishes, and then serving a complete meal can be difficult to orchestrate. This project week is designed to introduce you to the art of cooking. Beginning with an introduction to some key skills every cook needs to be successful, this project will engage you in the exploration of the world of food through a variety of recipe books and cooking techniques.

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$0

Interested in focus and mental clarity. In this project there will be a mix of Yoga, various meditation techniques, energy exercises, and etc. We will also dive into practices for stress management and relaxation.

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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$0

This project is for students who want to learn more about the benefits of Yoga and how to create an at-home practice. It can be for 5 or 45 minutes (or more) depending on your needs. You will learn a variety of poses from our guest teachers and work on creating a routine that works for you. We will focus on a variety of poses (Asanas.) We will also explore breathing techniques, meditation and both active and restorative yoga. Students will have a personal tool-kit by the end of the week and experience inner relaxation and new flexibility.

Project Week (2020-21)

  • US Project Week: Mar 29 - Apr 2
  • MS Project Week: Apr 26 - 30

Contact

Joey Pauley
Project Week Director

jpauley@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x816