Project Week Catalog
Having a decent, affordable, and safe place to call home is a fundamental aspect of our lives, and one often taken for granted. Travel with us to the Yakima Valley to help build a home for a family in need through the Yakima Valley affiliate of Habitat for Humanity (www.yakimahabitat.org).
Students will learn homebuilding skills and proper use of appropriate tools for the job. We will be staying in pretty Spartan accomodations and will prepare our own meals. Students should come with a readiness for physical labor every day and an enthusiasm for helping others. In addition to our daily construction work, we will also play three baseball games against local high school teams.
Participants will spend five days visiting ten colleges and universities in Southern California. Visits to each campus will include a guided tour, admission and information session, and the opportunity to meet with Overlake alumni who are currently attending each school that is included on the 2019 trip itinerary. Our trip itinerary is featured on page three of this application.
The Project Week trip to China is part of our ongoing language and cultural exchange program. Students will have the opportunity to visit our partner school in Zhenjiang and spend four nights with their host families. They will also be able to visit Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an as a group.
Visiting Washington D.C. with your classmates is a unique opportunity—learning takes place at every stop.
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!
Students are allowed to apply for an Independent Project Week one time in grades 6-8 and once again in grades 9-12.
This trip to southern Italy is designed for Latin students who are interested in exploring the ancient sites studied in the series of Latin classes we offer. We consider this a field study experience for our Latin students, focusing on sites in Rome for the first part of the trip and then traveling south to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, Mt. Vesuvius, Capri, and Naples. The trip will span approximately 12-14 days, with a targeted departure of Sunday, March 25th pending flight arrangements once the group is selected.
Students will be working with Ocean Matters staff at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) at the University of Hawaii on Oahu. The marine science research centerpiece will be a project in which students use drones and digital cameras to survey megafauna (sea turtle and shark) populations on the HIMB reef. They will couple this land-based work with snorkel swims to refine citizen science data collection protocols, looking particularly at the incidence of the disease firbropapillomatosis in turtles.
The magnificence of Machu Picchu cannot be explained – it must be experienced.
Project Week Timeline
- November 9 - Catalog Published
- November 28 - Independent Proposals Due
- November 10-28 - Student Selection Period
- December 21 - Student Placement Published
- January 25 (9:05 – 9:50) and March 14 (9-9:30AM) - Project Week Group Meetings
- March 25-29 - Project Week