Did You Know …? Learn About the Senior Seminar Community-Based Action Research Projects

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
—Zora Neale Hurston

Students at Colchester High School presented their Senior Seminar action research projects to the community on January 9.

The annual event provides CHS students with an opportunity to share the results of their efforts—which in some cases even begins before the start of their senior year—with their peers and with the community. It also allows the students to engage in conversations about their experiences and about their learning. And, as is stated on the CHS Humanities website, the students’ projects will “take their education beyond the walls of Colchester High School and connect them to their local, state, national, and global communities.”

The action research projects are extensive. They are required for successful completion of the Senior Seminar course—and the course is a CHS graduation requirement. They necessitate comprehensive research that includes interviews, field research, and community service. The projects culminate in a research paper, project publication, class and public presentations, and a reflection essay. They are designed to allow the students to direct their own learning based upon their interests and to actively engage them with the community.

And some of the students opted to create websites to showcase their learning. Here are some of them for your enjoyment.

Brennan Bugbee’s project on Wind Energy in Vermont

Nate Hodge’s project on Childhood Obesity

Taylor St. Germain’s project on Defense Spending

Travis Hart’s project on Seat Belt Awareness

This year’s projects included the following topics:

Adaptive Sports
Adoption Awareness
Alzheimer’s Awareness
Animal Abuse & Prevention
Animal Rights
Bullying in Schools
Child Abuse Prevention &
Childhood Obesity
Civic Engagement
Clean Energy
Composting in Schools
Concussion Awareness
Concussion Awareness in Athletes
Defense Spending
Domestic Violence Prevention &
Exotic Pets
FEMA Funding
Firefighters and Healthcare
Hunger in the United States
Importance of Music Education
Infrastructure Funding
Integrating Arts in Education
International Affairs
Invasive Species
Invasive Species: Asian Long-horned Beetle
Issues Facing Returning Veterans
Job Training
Land Conservation
Littering Prevention & Impact
Pediatric Cancer Research
Prenatal Care v. Prematurity
PTSD in Veterans
Recovery from Hurricane Irene
Refugees in America
Seatbelt Awareness
Water Pollution
Wind Energy in Vermont
Youth Fitness & Childhood Obesity


The event was a proud undertaking for our seniors. Many thanks to all who attended the affair and showed their support!

For more information, please e-mail Humanities teachers Erin Brady or Dennis McCannell.

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