integral part of the EPAA experience is the annual exhibition.
Exhibitions are a rigorous long term research and presentation project
that exemplifies our Five Habits (Personal Responsibility, Social
Responsibility, Critical & Creative Thinking, Application of
Knowledge and Communication), the Common Core and 21st Century Skills.
freshmen exhibition is a STEM focused project. The objective is for
students to design, build, and analyze a projectile launch mechanism.
The students will use computer design software to engineer their
launcher, which will then be made by the 3-D printer. The students will
then test and modify their launcher in order to have a consistent
launch. They can then begin the analysis. This starts with a slow motion
filming of the launch, which will be uploaded into a computer program
for analysis. Using this data, the students will use their knowledge of
physics and their math skills of algebra and computation in order to
determine how high and how far the projectile will travel. The students
are then challenged to hit multiple targets and show their math skills
at problem solving. The exhibition culminates with an oral presentation
of the design process, analysis, and findings.
sophomore exhibition is a cross-curricular project in the Humanities
that requires students to explore the topic of genocide in depth, apply
their knowledge, and then present and defend their findings in
groups.Through historical analysis in World History and the reading of a
memoir in English, the project explores the following essential
questions: What are the social, political, and economic impacts of
genocide? How does genocide affect victims, perpetrators, and the world
at large? What are the characteristics of a memoir? How can an author's
use of language create a compelling and effective narrative? The
project itself consists of four components: a presentation that includes
the historical thinking and the literary analysis, an art piece, an
essay in English, and a Socratic Seminar in World History.
junior exhibition is an in-depth study of a 20th century social
movement wherein students will conduct historical research, analyze
informational texts, and present their argument for the extent to which
the social movement of their choice met its goals. Students will examine
how their social movement connects to American society today, including
their own lives, and the project culminates in an essay written in
their U.S. History class. Through this project, students will learn
about the history of resistance in the United States; they will analyze
the historical contexts (social, political, and economical) that led up
to the social movement, the strategies used by activists, organizations,
and individuals both for and opposed to the movement, and ultimately
comment on the movement's successes, failures, and next steps for work
that remains to be done.
Senior Exhibition is a semester-long project that asks students to
think critically about their own definitions of compassion and community
and how they can improve their community using compassionate measures.
The exhibition is designed to give students room to explore their
interests and strengths and to empower them to use their creativity.
Through this project, students come up with a plan to positively impact
their own lives and the lives of those in their community. The goal of
the exhibition is to develop a community service project that students
will propose, test run and then reflect on in a presentation of their
findings to community judges. Students begin by surveying their
community's needs, then they create a proposal for their project. Next,
they must implement and execute their project with a live audience, and
finally they reflect on their work in a presentation. The objective of
the presentation is to inform judges of the need in the community for
the project. And then students have to convince their judges to fund
their projects. Ultimately, the senior exhibition gives students the
opportunity to use the skills they have developed in order to create
change in their lives, the lives of people in their community, and in
the global society.