Project Week Catalog

fish on
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$900

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.

Play in Ashland
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$900

Students will travel to Ashland, Oregon to visit the internationally renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They will attend five plays, and the accompanying "Prologue" for each production, as well as interactive workshops and informational discussions. Students will have ample time to reflect and discuss the themes of each play as well as the technical aspects involved. This is a perfect project for anyone interested in the life of the theater on stage, back stage, or in the audience.

2016 project photo
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$425

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.

Behind the Music
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$200

Behind the Music allows the curious music lover, the curious musician, or the just plain curious person to experience a bit of the behind-the-curtain magic of the music and entertainment industry.  Our project will explore the working lives of  professional musicians--how they get their music recorded; how they find and maintain an audience; how they get their careers managed and promoted; how live performances are created and managed; and how music creates business opportunities well beyond the musician's creative life.  

Sonoran Desert
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$2500
Seventh and eighth graders will explore Arizona's Sonora Desert on wheels! Tucson will serve as a base as we explore the environs, including the Desert Museum, Flandrau Science Center, and a hike through Sabino Canyon - including several natural pools on the way down. In addition, we will enjoy the rolling hills of Saguaro National Park East and check out the Pima Air & Space Museum.
Joshua Tree
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$900

An outdoor education experience for young women who are committed to exploring issues of female leadership & gender equality.  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, positive body image, and stronger identities as female leaders. All of this takes place in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert in southern California. 

Canoe on the green river
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$900

Travel the Green River through the amazing Labyrinth Canyon!

logo: I am the Stig
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Open to:
10, 11, 12
Cost:
$350

Have you ever wondered how the systems in your car provide a safe and reliable ride? Are you interested in getting your hands dirty to find out how these systems work? Do you think you have what it takes to post the fastest lap time on a real race track? If you answered yes to all of these questions, the Car & Driver project is for you. In this project, you will get hands-on experience performing your own automotive maintenance, tearing down an engine to its basic components, and driving time with an instructor on a race track.

community Care
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$100

Learn how a small, energetic and devoted group, can help meet the needs of others who are less fortunate in our community.

Elementary classroom
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Open to:
10, 11, 12
Cost:
$50

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.

Elementary classroom
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Open to:
10, 11, 12
Cost:
$50

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.

Outfits
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$350

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.

Foods
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$350

Harvesting! Cooking! Tasting! Oh, my! Your taste buds will be singing.

Fantasy World
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$250

It starts with you and your favorite fantasy novels.  Together as a group we will create our own fantasy world with different kingdoms.  We will create characters, flags and maps, and then each group will video a storyline for their kingdom. 

craft supplies
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$275

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.

Project Week Slide
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$350

Learn about the Spanish-speaking Caribbean through music and dance. Dance Salsa, Rueda (Cuban style), Merengue and Bachata, and  Zumba to Reggaeton music! Create Latin rhythms using the clave, a percussion instrument, and will sing along to music in Spanish. Our experience will culminate in a Latin Musical Theater in which students will perform each of the dances with a theatrical twist! Come dance your way to el Caribe!

See the instructors at La Clave Cubana in action

 

students jumping at the dunes
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$900

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!

Sample image from Game of Thrones Board Game
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$150

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!  We will discuss what is trust, then see it in practice by playing the “Game of Thrones Board Game!”  Morality will be explored as you experiment with changing events in history.  Can you cooperate and support each other to survive the perilous island as we play “Robinson Crusoe?”  Other themes and games will be explored.  Come enjoy a week of political int

Hiking through Utah
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$900

This adventure will explore two parks: Zion and Antelope Canyon. Students will camp in parks campgrounds and spend each day exploring throughout the parks. They will learn about the desert environment and experience beautiful scenery.

Traditional Kwakiutl potlatch and totem
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Open to:
6, 7, 8
Cost:
$575

Students will spend a week gaining knowledge and hands-on experience with First Nations arts, culture, and traditions.  The project will begin with an introduction to the history of First Nations in the Northwest Coast region.  On Monday, students will visit the Suquamish Museum on Kitsap Peninsula for a workshop on Coast Salish history and crafts.  Students will be on campus Tuesday and work with resources from the Burke Museum to plan and design a capstone artifact in a First Nations style.  Wednesday, the group will travel to Johns Island in the San Juans for a three-day, two

Glass ornaments
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$350

For half the day this project allows anyone, even those with no experience, to learn the fascinating art of glass blowing! Glass blowing is a fun and rewarding hobby or project. Students begin with a complete introduction to the hot shop and use of the tools.  In the first session, you will start gathering glass for your own pieces, choosing and applying color and shaping your glass.  Advancing techniques will help you become more comfortable with the process, which gets progressively more complex.

yellowstone
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$900

Montana, Dog Sledding, Yellowstone National Park, camping, traveling, Lewis and Clark, elk, bison, deer, grizzly bear encounter, and fun!!!

student preparing lunch
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$250

Explore of the world of food through hands-on cooking in addition to exploring various area markets.

rock and roll
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$350

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.

PW How Cities Work
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$325

Are you interested in learning how cities and regions work to serve their inhabitants? Join this project week to explore the intersections of architecture, urban planning, design and public services through the lenses of environmental sustainability, social justice, politics, and engineering. We'll take an interdisciplinary approach to meet with experts across industries to learn how cities work and why they work the way they do. You'll learn there's usually a reason for why things are designed the way they are, thought that reason may not always be what you think.

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Open to:
6, 7, 8, 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.

Traders Unite
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$150

Together, as teams of investors, we will buy and sell stocks and other investments using market simulators while also learning about market fundamentals and strategies.  Using advanced analytical software, we will develop our own trading platform.  We will explore charts and technical indicators to identify buy and sell signals. 

Welcome to the trading floor! 

Camp Orkila
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Open to:
5, 6, 7
Cost:
$650

Students observe and examine the shore and forest to learn about individual species in and how they live.

parkour
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Open to:
5, 6, 7
Cost:
$350

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.

rock and Roll .jpg
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$350

Do you dream of becoming a musical artist and one day singing in a band? Come learn how songs are composed, recorded, and distributed.

Rock Climbing
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$350

This project is designed to offer budding young climber a jumpstart to their climbing experience. Specific games and activities using strength and flexibility are tailored to develop climbing skills such as belaying, rappelling, other fundamentals. We will strive to build confidence, trust, and support as our climbers explore the climbing culture. 

We will provide climbing shoes, harnesses, and helmets.  Students provide the energy.  Let's go climb!

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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$350

Experience the wonders of Seattle art. Students will have a hands on experience and/or will attend an arts-based event each day of the week. We will debrief our arts experiences during coffee shop talks and lunch each day.

Service Day
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Open to:
7, 8
Cost:
$100

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!

Horses
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$100

Students will learn about various organizations around the Seattle area that help animals or use animals to improve the lives of people.  This project appeals to students who are animal lovers and those who wish to both learn more about how these organizations help animals and further the mission of these organizations by providing a day of service.  The focus will be on a different group of animals each day, with a day devoted to wildlife, a day for dogs, a day for horses, a day for cats, and a day for exotics.

Showing off our projects
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Open to:
5, 6, 7
Cost:
$525

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.

Showing off our projects
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Open to:
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$300

If you have taken Sew Beautiful in the past we invite you to join Sew Beautiful 2.0. The focus will be on clothing construction.

Lisa
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$50

Who’s the best hitter in baseball?  Does trading a solid, veteran player for prospects really benefit a team?

Soap Box Derby Kit
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Open to:
5, 6, 7
Cost:
$250

Teams of students will design and build their own Soap Box Cart and then race them in various places on the Overlake Campus.  Teams will design their car and will be given a budget from which they will work for ordering materials.  The week will be spent building,decorating and fine tuning the cars and will culminate with the 'road' tests at the end of the week.  Different challenges will be posed to test the cars speed and maneuverability.  All team members will get a chance behind the wheel.  

Tesla Model 3
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$200

Elon Musk is on a mission to save the world from the negative impacts of Climate Change.  His vision of using electric cars powered by solar panels cannot be achieved without your help.  Why worry about our future when you can do something about it! You will experience what it takes to reduce your energy carbon footprint to zero, while not giving up on modern conveniences.  On this Project Week you will:

Sportscenter
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$100

Join us for a look into the sports broadcasting world.

Theatrical Lighting
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Open to:
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$50

The theatrical lighting project week is a local study in lighting design for plays and concerts, care and feeding of lighting equipment, and cabling, hanging, focusing, gelling and writing cues for a performance. We will be building set models to create a lighting design, and then using Fulton for a full-scale hands-on, special effects lighting extravaganza!

Flag African American
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Open to:
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$1900

Though only a fraction of the population, African-American culture is an integral part of the American identity. Being in a cultural bubble at Overlake, this project week seeks to expand the understanding of a less-represented perspective beyond the scope of their history of oppression. By traveling to D.C., students will experience and learn about a handful of outstanding attributes that relate to the state of Black America through the lens of a culturally rich city.

Shelter
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Open to:
9, 10, 11, 12
Cost:
$150

Do you want to learn how to survive in the wild? Have you ever dreamed of living off the land? Join this project to find out if you have what it takes. Learn the skills needed to be able to survive without the use of man-made tools and equipment. The culmination of the week will be to venture out to a secret location where the group's goal is to survive one full day and night in the wild.

A Week in the Wild
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Open to:
6, 7, 8
Cost:
$250

Spend a week in the wilderness backpacking along the Shore Trail of Lake Chelan. You will be cooking, hiking, singing, laughing, learning and just being together from Sunday morning to Friday evening.

Students working on illustrations in library
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Open to:
5, 6, 7, 8
Cost:
$60

Have you ever read a picture book to a younger child and thought, “Hey! I could write this!” Well, this is the Project Week for you.

Project Week Timeline

  • November 9 - Catalog Published
  • November 28 - Independent Proposals Due
  • November 10-28 - Student Selection Period
  • December 21 - Student Placement Published
  • February 7 and March 14 (9-9:30AM) - Project Week Group Meetings
  • March 25-29 - Project Week

Contact

Joey Pauley
Project Week Director

jpauley@overlake.org
425-868-6191 x816