Signature Programs Showcase was a showstopper
The sharp minds, strong imaginations, and empathic hearts of Bullis students were on display Tuesday at the Bullis Signature Programs Showcase. The event kept spectators busy all day long hearing presentations about student-developed apps, wearable technology, drones, vehicles, and student-created adaptive video games. They heard original research on brain cancer, Twitter and the stock market. They saw TED talks on colorism, veteran's needs and the process of creating tools to teach forensic science. They watched student-made documentaries advocating for deaf students, unpacking LGBTQ representation, and highlighting the need for low-cost treatment for anxiety and depression and the student-made app that would provide just that.
The day began with student compositions, rock songs, EPs, a one-student band who recorded her own accompanying instrumentation and back-up vocals, and a screenplay.
The day ended with a Shark Tank competition that brought five fine teams of Entrepreneurship students and their business plans before a distinguished panel of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders: BlueMercury Founder Marla Beck, EY CEO Mark Weinberger, and Georgetown University Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Founder/CEO of the WILD (Women Innovators and Leaders Network) Fiona Macaulay.
The teams presented a device to charge cell phones, an app to connect prospective college students with current students, an app to sift through menu choices at restaurants, an app to sift through the food in your fridge or pantry and suggest recipes, and an app to track student service hours. The polished presentations left the audience wishing it had venture capital on hand, and the service-hours tracking app, WeTrack, left the event with $10,000 in seed money and summer jobs incubating the business.
Bullis School offers Signature Programs in four subject areas and these programs offer students access to these areas of focus from Kindergarten up through Senior year. Bullis students are given the flexibility to dig deeper into areas of interest and passion while meeting broad academic requirements. By 11th and 12th grade, students have the opportunity to develop an expertise and an in-depth independent project in one of the four areas: STEM, Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities and Global Studies, and Entrepreneurship. This week, the spectacular accomplishments of the class of 2019 were showcased.
Head of School Dr. Gerald Boarman honored students for "the poise, the presentation, the knowledge, the ability, and the research that you've done."
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