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WHAT MAKES TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN TURN TO VIOLENCE?
Violence seems to be a commonplace in our everyday lives - in the media, and, unfortunately for many, within the family.  This student examined possible reasons that lead to violent behavior in children and teens.

WebQuest: Why is the rainforest important to animals?

WebQuest: How do dams break and what are the results of a broken dam?

WebQuest: Can an ostrich survive climate change?

WebQuest: Field Trip Survival

Do flags help or hurt raptors?
A grade 4 student in Maryland was curious to find out if flags on peoples cars are causing more owl deaths, because they are attracted to the flags, or if the noise created by flags are keeping the owls away from the cars.

What physics principles are involved in box car racing?
After visiting a box car racing track, grade 4 students at Kapunahala Elementary School in Hawaii were interested in finding out more about the physics involved in box cars.

WATER POLLUTION
Not only has this student passionately described his view of our pollution problem and its devastating effects on life, he has also provided information on what we can do individually in our everyday lives to contribute to the clean-up of our planet.

DO MUSICIANS HEAR MUSIC DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHER PEOPLE?
Music is everywhere, and this student inquired about a topic important to her, as a musician herself.  She requested the opinions of several adult musicians, and took these into account in addition to her own to answer her question.
  
WHICH IS MORE DANGEROUS, A BEAR OR A WOLF?
We are fortunate to live in a lush area amongst an abundance of wildlife.  This student researched bears and wolves to determine which animal might pose the greatest threat to humans.

WHAT EFFECT DOES THE MEDIA HAVE ON HOW WE THINK WE SHOULD LOOK?
Magazines, television, movies – we are bombarded with images of what may be considered as “ideal”.  This student examined the effects that media might have on body image and fashion.

WHICH IS WORSE: ANOREXIA OR OBESITY?
This middle-school student examined and compared anorexia and obesity, two dangerous conditions prevalent in our society.  She researched both conditions, conducted a survey to determine the opinions of others with respect to the condition considered more dangerous, and based her conclusion on her research.

HOW DID DINOSAURS REALLY DIE OUT?
This student was inspired by this mysterious “age-old” question, and through her research drew her own conclusion on the likely cause of the disappearance of dinosaurs.

WHICH IS BETTER TO HAVE, A MALE OR FEMALE DOG?
Dog-owners or not, readers will learn interesting facts about male and female dogs from the research presented by this middle-school student.

WHAT STOCKS WOULD YOU INVEST IN?
Students researched the stock market to see what stocks are available. They then chose a certain number of stocks to invest in. They watched the market and reported on any losses or gains.
WHAT IS UKRAINIAN DANCE?
This student utilized her own personal experience as a Ukrainian dancer to present its history, basic dance steps, and the ornate costumes worn.

VOLCANO BLOWOUT
A group of Grade 4 students in Hawaii researched the three types of volcanoes to answer the questions they had about volcanoes in general.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF FARMED SALMON ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND OUR HEALTH?
Salmon farming is a controversial issue.  This particular Grade 6 student researched and reported the negative aspects of salmon farming, including its detrimental effects on native fish species, the environment within the ocean and on land, and our health. She then devised an action plan to bring an end to salmon farming.

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITIES TRAFFIC SAFETY?
After imagining an unfortunate accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, students relate the situation to their own neighborhood to create a safety project.  Data is collected by observing a neighborhood intersection or high traffic area (vehicle traffic, pedestrians, any possible hazards).  Once the data is collected, students analyze the information,  present their data, and develop a plan to improve traffic safety in their community.  

LOCAL GARDENS = COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT
Growing and eating local produce is becoming increasingly popular in our culture.  Students become “gardeners” of a residential community garden, growing vegetable, berries, and herbs.  They must decide the best ways in which to grow their produce, including whether or not to use fertilizers and/or pesticides, and will explore the effect their local garden has on the community.

HOW TO GET A JOB IN ADVERTISING
Grade 7 students at Ecole Whitehorse Elementary school were asked to create an advertisement in order to be considered for a mock job with a major advertising firm. First the students learn persuasive techniques that advertisers use. Students then create a product and find a way to advertise it. They create a logo, a slogan and a magazine advertisement using the techniques that they have learned to try to sell their new product. This activity helps students become aware of the constant messages being conveyed to them by advertisers every day.

To view the many more projects prepared by middle-school students, please visit the old Courtenay Middle School Web site
research allows us as readers to form our own opinion on the subject.

Flash projects, developed by Grade 7 students at Courtenay Middle School  
The links at the top left of the navigation pane (2006 Rube Goldberg Competition) are Rube Goldberg machines (think of the game “Mouse Trap”), which focuses on the transfer of energy through various devices.  Some are weird and wonderful.