The last week of school means Term Project Week at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley! Term Project Week is an opportunity for students in all grades to work with their peers on multidisciplinary projects and to engage in a fun, new activity or trip with various grade levels. Students are grouped with Term Project Teachers for each project.
These projects challenge our students to be cooperative learners and to function as a team. We offer a variety of options each year, and strive to add new projects each year based on both faculty and student interest.
Trips, both domestic and international, are offered every year and this year we had a group of Bobcats travel all the way to Japan.
Day 1 - 4: Students and staff flew overnight to Japan. Our group met their Tour Director at the airport in Tokyo. Students took an expert-led tour of Tokyo: Ginza district; Shinjuku district; Harajuka district. While seeing the hustle and bustle of Tokyo's street life they also visited the Meiji Shrine. Quiet and stillness reign inside this elaborate garden that is a wooden oasis in the middle of the city.
Our Bobcats also visited the Asakusa Kannon Temple, the city's largest Buddhist temple. Here, restaurants, theaters, and cinemas surround a five-story pagoda - a perfect symbol of Tokyo's enduring past and ultramodern future.
Day 5: Students made their way to Kamakura where they visited the Hachimangu Shrine, saw the Great Buddha, and continued on to Hakone. Hakone is an alpine city known for its crater lakes, sulfur springs, and awe-inspiring views of Mount Fiji.
Day 6: Next, they traveled to Owakudani and took a tour of Hakone National Park. After taking a cruise on the sparkling Lake Ashi, students took a ride on a cable car up to Mount Komagatake. In the evening, they traveled by bullet train to Kyoto, a city that conjures up images of sunlit walks around tired pagodas and quiet lakes lined with cherry blossom trees.
Day 7: Students had a busy day with an expert-led tour of Kyoto. As the national capital for over a millennium, Kyoto offers you a unique glimpse into the history of Imperial Japan. They visited the Niji Castle, the tranquil Golden Pavilion, a Zen Buddhist temple, and the Fushimi Inari.
Day 8: On their last day they took a tour of Arashiyama, known for its shrines and temples - and most of all - its incredible Bamboo Forest. Students also got to visit the Deer Park in Nara.
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