Each year my old school site would hold a "Symposium" for GATE and Honors students. This year we were not able to finish our projects due to COVID- But I really enjoyed developing this resource and hope it can be useful for other school sites.
What is Mendez' Symposium
GATE Symposium is an annual event unique to Mendez Fundamental School is Santa Ana and continues to be one of the most anticipated academic events of the school year. Students develop a question (based on a theme: Breaking Barriers), students then conduct scholarly academic research, write a research paper and create an interactive project to showcase their findings. Students utilize GATE pathways that incorporate depth, complexity, and content imperatives in order to investigate their research question. At Symposium night students present their findings and projects with the community.
This year we modeled it after National History Day's Theme "Breaking Barriers" but changed the process and outcomes for students.
1. Students investigate a topic of their choice (as long as it fits the Theme)
2. Students conduct Research
3. Organize their Research
4. Utilize GATE Depth and Complexity Icons (Developed by Dr. Sandra Kaplan from USC).
5. Develop a physical project to display information
6. Present to the community
Click The Image Below for Students Materials