Project Week Catalog
An introduction to fly fishing, knot tying, casting, entomology, and fly tying, including camping in the Yakima Valley, two days of Yakima River float trips, and a tour of the Roza or Wanapum Dam or Wild Horse Wind Farm.
Have you ever seen an old Sci-Fi movie like ATTACK OF THE MOSTER MAN FROM BELOW! or STAR WARS and said "Even I could make that! Those special effects are the WORST!"
If so then THIS is the project for you! Be a part of the first project week dedicated to the creation of an awesomely terrible, low (almost no) budget, B Movie!!
Write! Direct! Design costumes and sets! Create space suits! Build Monsters! Get behind the camera! Try out your best (worst) acting! You can do it ALL in The Most Amazing Project Week Ever!
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If you like creative projects and like working with your hands then join us and learn to SEW BEAUTIFULLY! Learning to sew is a valuable skill that will serve you well, and it's fun to create projects for your family, friends and home.
This trip explores the history, culture, and social activism in San Francisco, California since World War II. Students will meet with community organizers, experience culture, and learn about the history of the city, including its reputation as a safe haven for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Calling all who love theater, inside and out! The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is NOT just Shakespeare! This spring, students will see three plays at the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and one musical at the Oregon Cabaret Theater – all in the lovely town of Ashland, Oregon. We will attend workshops with actors of the company, a series of prologues for each play designed to inform and enhance the experience, a design workshop around sets, costuming, lighting, and sound, and a multi-media backstage tour.
Travel through an amazing canyon in the desert of southwest Utah!
This project will build a tiny house in conjunction with the Low Income Housing Institute https://lihi.org/. Following their design, we will purchase the materials and construct the house which we will then donate to LIHI. LIHI will then pick up the completed house and install them in one of their low income communities. This project is an opportunity to not only learn about building and carpentry, but also provide some needed help to low income or homeless individuals or families.
An outdoor education experience for young people who are committed to exploring issues of leadership. Through a series of physical and mental challenges (leadership challenges, rock climbing, mountain biking, solo hikes, and car camping), participants will build self-confidence, resiliency, and stronger identities as leaders. All of this takes place in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert in southern California.
Upper School students will have the opportunity to play, experiment, and create ceramic utilitarian and sculptural pieces. Students will learn various hand-building techniques and have the opportunity to try throwing on the wheel. Together, we will share inspiration and engage in idea generation. By the end of the week, we will have a number of individual pieces and a collaborative sculpture ready to fire. After a final glaze firing, we will show our creations in the Fulton Gallery.
Discover the many landmarks, arts, and cultural aspects of Seattle.
Learn how a small, energetic and devoted group, can help meet the needs of others who are less fortunate in our community.
This week provides an opportunity to work with elementary school children and their teachers at John Muir Elementary School, a diverse Title1 public school in Kirkland.
This week provides an opportunity to work with elementary school children and their teachers at Redmond Elementary School, a diverse Title1 public school in Kirkland.
The purpose of Conscious Couture is to explore all elements of Seattle fashion, including the origin of clothing and material goods, how products are sold, what styles are currently on trend, how to put looks together, and eco/recycled fashion. Students will have a number of behind-the-scenes and hands-on experiences at all angles of the fashion world, including meeting with stylists, buyers, and owners of businesses. At the end of the week, students will present a curated head-to-toe look based on what they’ve learned throughout the week of experiences.
Harvesting! Cooking! Tasting! Oh, my! Your taste buds will be singing.
Through scrapbooking and card making, we will spend the week trying new techniques working with a variety of materials to design creative projects. Tap into you inner Pinterest to make cards and albums to be used and shared.
How often do you stop to really think about where your meal comes from and how your food choices affect our environment? If you’re ready to dive deep into this topic, then this is the project week for you! We will work at Carnation Farms to help plan their first annual community plant sale event. Throughout the week, we will sample delicious food from the farm. On the last day we will have a two-hour cooking lesson with farm-fresh ingredients and sit down to a beautiful meal together. In this project, we will explore the intersection between science, food production, and the environment by digging in the dirt, hanging out with chickens, and learning what it takes to run a sustainable farm.
Death Valley Rocks! explores the extreme landscapes of the hottest place in the world. Also known for being the driest and lowest place in the continental U.S., Death Valley National Park offers amazing, austere and beautiful scenery. This trip will test your limits through hiking and backpacking explorations into the canyons, up the peaks and across the vast salt flats that make up the park. Love the rainforests of Western Washington and want to experience the other extreme? This trip is for you! Want to get out of the winter rains and dry off in the desert? Death Valley is calling!
This awesome trip will guarantee you an increase in outdoor education and experience, improve your knowledge of our planet's environmental diversity, better your understanding of teamwork and group dynamics and push your limits both physically and mentally. Are you up to the challenge?
Strap on your hiking boots, rub in the sunscreen, cinch your pack straps and check the map, Death Valley Rocks!
Spend a week in the wilderness of eastern Oregon on the Deschutes River! White-water rafting, and hiking, as you make your way down the river, students will work together to meet the challenges of this course designed especially for our students.
What does it mean to trust? What is morality? Can we cooperate or do we ignore the needs of the many for the needs of the few? Explore these and other questions as we explore the human experience THROUGH BOARD GAMES!
This project week consists of three "day trips" and an overnight Thursday and Friday for our upper school students. Each day the group will try a new activity and a new location. Trips will include camping, hiking, rock climbing, paddling, and an outdoor low ropes course. We will teach the skills and safety aspects of each activity so no experience is required. Each day will be a chance to explore a new activity but due to changes in weather be prepared to change the schedule around so the activity better fits the weather.
Montana, Dog Sledding, Yellowstone National Park, camping, traveling, Lewis and Clark, elk, bison, deer, grizzly bear encounter, and fun!!!
Are you interested in environmental activism and strategies to decrease environmental impact and mitigate and reverse climate change? Join our student-led project week to explore strategies for sustainability activism and put those strategies to work right here at Overlake. In the first half of the week we’ll learn from activists, corporations, governments, and organizations what works and what doesn’t.
Explore of the world of food through hands-on cooking in addition to exploring various area markets.
Allow students an opportunity to try the music side of life. To experience what it takes to write/play/produce and possibly perform their own composition and how to get it noticed in the music business.
Have you wondered how the products you use in your daily life are made? Are you interested in pursuing a career in engineering, art, or want to develop new skills? The “How It’s Made” project will expose you to hot metal, sparks and give you a chance to get your hands dirty. This project will be hosted on the campus of Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Along with learning the basics of metalworking, students will fabricate a project to utilize their new skills. Focus will be placed on the precision and ability to follow design specifications. This is your chance to get out of y
Students are allowed to apply for an Independent Project Week one time in grades 6-8 and once again in grades 9-12.
This project week consists of three "day trips" and an overnight Thursday and Friday for our younger students.
Improve your patience, fine motor skills, and attention to detail by building scale versions of classic and modern automobiles, military aircraft and war ships, and space craft. We'll also visit America's Car Museum in Tacoma and Flying Heritage Museum in Everett for inspiration.
"Blow us All Away" as you sing, dance, and rock out with the very latest Broadway has to offer. From the enormously popular Hamilton, Waitress, or Something Rotten to perennial favorites like Wicked, or Les Miserables. Students will learn contemporary Broadway songs, singing styles, and choreography while collaborating on a unique musical revue performed for friends and family.
Come ready to move, collaborate with your peers, and take artistic risks. Do not throw away your shot.
Our program for the week focuses on students learning Parkour through three hour movement sessions each day. In the afternoons we will watch several existing videos of people practicing/performing Parkour and analyze how people have portrayed their ideas and movement through visual storytelling. We will analyze movements, camera placement, story boarding and editing. Students will work in small groups to create a video of their peers exploring aspects of Parkour. They will go through the process of pre-production through post-production as they conceive, shoot and edit their video.
Do you like making things with your hands and being creative? The goal of this project is for students to use science and the sun's energy to create a variety of types of prints. Participants will have the opportunity to use chemical reactions and solar energy to make prints on fabric and paper. They will also construct a basic camera and design experiments to create desired photographic outcomes.
This project is designed for anyone who likes to work with others to make the world a better place. For an entire week we will do the most meaningful, important and rewarding service projects, a different one each day. We will design the project based on community needs and group interests, traveling around the region feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, fixing the environment, and otherwise repairing the world. It is guaranteed to be a tiring and unforgettable week. Join us!
This project week is dedicated to learning how to dance! From street dances like hip hop or break dancing to Latin dances like salsa, students will learn be exposed to different types of dance and their origins. Each day, we will either dance at Overlake or travel to a studio to learn a new dance style, learn from professional instructors, and perform for one another as a group or even solo. For this project week, students will bring their own lunches with the exception of one TBD lunch out in the neighborhood and some treats during the day.
Join us for a look into the sports broadcasting world.
This project explores several aspects of the athletics world, both on and off the field/court. Students will learn about different types of leadership strategies that cross different sports. We will also deep dive into different aspects of the athletics community, including community engagement, journalism, politics, and data analytics. Each day will consist of physical activity and leadership strategies.
"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 micro computer to do more than just make some LEDs blink! Create a wearable product which provides a solution to a problem.
Learn design thinking process while experiencing failure leading to success.
Ever wonder what it takes to record a song? This is the project for you.
Project Week Timeline (2019-20)
- November 9 - Catalog Published
- November 20 - Independent Proposals Due
- November 10-20 - Student Selection Period
- December 20 - Student Placement Published
- January 24 (9:05 – 9:45 am) and March 13 (9-9:30 am) - Project Week Group Meetings
- March 30 - April 3 - Project Week