The last week of school is a little different at BASIS Independent McLean! Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multi-disciplinary projects. 

These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. At the end of Project Week, students enjoyed swapping tales of their wide-ranging adventures.

Below is a sampling of the projects students embarked on during Project Week.

PreK-Kindergarten Projects

We Like to Move It, Move It
This project was dedicated to transportation, both big and small! Three days on campus were spent engineering: creating vehicles out of recycled materials, designing cardboard box derby cars, building balsa airplanes, sailing boats, and even experimenting with ramps and speeds. On another day, our campus was visited by a real fire engine. These intrepid students also rode the bus and Metro to visit a local think tank called Mitre and even rode in a flight simulator. 

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The Land Before Time
Students spent their days learning about the work of Paleontologists and Archaeologists through hands on projects that included making fossils, digging for bones, and creating their own dinosaur eggs. Our scientists in the making spent their last day at the largest playground in the area and opened their dinosaur eggs!


Primary Projects

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D.C. Explorers
Students explored Washington D.C. using the bus and Metro and learned how to keep track of the amount on their Metro card. This group went to the Capitol, did a scavenger hunt through the National Zoo, visited National Monuments and Smithsonian museums, and topped it off with a visit to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

Animal Explorers
Animal explorers visited the Reston Zoo, the National Aquarium, the National Zoo, Frying Pan Farm Park, and a local veterinarian's office.

projectweek4.jpgChinese Culture
Students explored Chinese culture and worked on Chinese art, including calligraphy, painting, and terra cotta warriors. This group exercised with a Kung Fu Master every day, learned about Chinese food and traditional dance.


Campus Gardens
Our budding gardeners learned about local plants, determined garden sites, decided what kind of gardens to build, researched suitable plants, purchased supplies at a local nursery, and beautified our campus.

Middle School and High School Projects 

DSC_1046.jpgExploring the Civil War
In addition to visiting historical Civil War locations at Gettysburg and Harper's Ferry, this group also looked at the economic climate of both the Union and Confederate states and the effects of war on our nation. They also studied the rhetoric and literature of the period.

Politics, Live!
Students took part in the political process by going to the Hill and lobbying Congress on the issues of their choice. To help them choose an issue and prepare their proposal, they met with a lobbyist and a current Congressman. They also visited the Capitol and the White House.

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Physics & Art Unite
This project started with a metro trip to the Smithsonian to view art and science exhibits for creative inspiration. Students returned to the studio and developed plans for a patchwork canvas mural with each student painting a canvas that was hung as a larger piece of art.



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