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Grade 10 students at BWYA’s Wangjing campus got to show off the results of their school year-long personal projects to a packed greenhouse on Thursday, 7th April.

Parents, staff, and their fellow students, had the chance to see the work they had put in, ask questions, and enjoy the results of projects that ranged from making documentaries and smart phone apps to fundraising events and entire musical albums, to name just a few. For the Grade 10 personal projects each student selects their own area of interest to academically pursue before presenting them to the BWYA community.

Julie Lee with her Magnus Effect plane design

Julie Lee with her Magnus Effect plane design

Julie Lee, E10M, looked at the Magnus Effect, a scientific theory that many scientists and engineers believe could lead to a more efficient design for airplanes, and produced working models in order to test her design. She said, “The Magnus Effect is the theory that explains why a spinning football bends in the air for example, and engineers such as Adam Flettner believed that it could be applied to aviation. My project was a challenge but really interesting. My test flights didn’t quite go to plan, but neither have those of the professional engineers who are testing the concept so I don’t feel too bad.”

Julia Park shows off her design for a new BWYA summer uniform

Julia Park shows off her design for a new BWYA summer uniform

Julia Park, E10A, came up with her own designs for BWYA’s summer uniforms. She said, “I surveyed our students and found out that many of them feel

that when the weather gets so hot in Beijing, our school uniform can become a little uncomfortable. To make my project successful I had to learn lots of new things, such as stitching so that I could make my designs real.”

Johnny Wang made his own electric guitar

Johnny Wang made his own electric guitar

Johnny Wang, E10M, embarked on a project to make his own electric guitar and was able to play his homemade instrument at the presentation event. He said, “I love playing guitar and have always wanted to try and make my own. The woodwork involved was difficult but a family friend is a carpenter who allowed me to use his machines and gave me some help.”

Mr. Reuben Haggar, BWYA English Teacher and Personal Project Coordinator, said, “Many long hours went into the creation of this year’s personal project products, and the results were quite commendable. The variety and creativity in this year’s personal projects was impressive, and it was a joy to see the students getting to show off what they’d been pouring into for so long.”