Twice during each school year students and teachers immerse themselves in a special learning program called Research Week. Research Week is an innovative five day project that takes students on an in-depth exploration of a research topic. Parents are invited to the school at the end of Research Week to watch students present their conclusions to teachers and classmates. Parents get to see the product of their childs’ efforts firsthand while showing their support.
In the classroom during Research Week, students work both individually and in groups. Here students collaborate on building a structure.
During one Research Week, students traveled to the Minskoff Theater in New York City to see Broadway’s landmark musical, The Lion King. The remarkable student presentations included these masks students created based on costumes from Broadway show.
Research Weeks have led Ben Bronz Academy students on adventures to Boston and Washington D.C.. They’ve gone on a whale watch off Cape Cod and toured the Amish country in Pennsylvania. Other Research Weeks have culminated in trips to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the United Nations, Ellis Island, and Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The richness of the Research Week program comes from the wide range of topics studied, including explorations of music, art, and sports.
Some of the research topics that have been covered are:
• Elections and Government
• The Freedom Trail
• The Performing and Visual Arts
• The United Nations
• Connecticut History
• Diversity and Discovery
• World Cultures
• Modern Art