Project Based Learning is the ongoing act of learning about different subjects simultaneously. This is achieved by guiding students to identify, through research, a real-world problem (local to global) developing its solution using evidence to support the claim, and presenting the solution through a multimedia approach based in a set of 21st-century tools.
Students show what they learn as they journey through the project, interact within their groups, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other. They don’t just take a test or produce a product at the end to show their learning. They produce a final product.
As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.
Tech students work on a project over a semester that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience at exhibitions.
Project based Learning is grounded in the following elements:
✓ Real-world scenarios
✓ Blended writing genres
✓ Multiple reading genres
✓ Authentic assessments
✓ Authentic audiences
✓ Real-world expertise brought into the classroom
✓ Projects that assess multiple skills
✓ Projects that require research and comprehension of multiple subjects
✓ Student choice
✓ Multiple methods of communication (writing, oral speaking, visual presentations, publishing, etc.)
Tech High School Projects Fall 2018
Intro to Coding
In this project students will learn basic web design using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Throughout the project students will evaluate existing webpages and determine what attributes and qualities make a website effective and user-friendly. Students will also learn the process of planning and designing web pages; the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, tables, graphics and images, multimedia, and hyperlinks. The culminating product will be a functional website built by the students using HTML and CSS code. At the end of the project, students will present their website and complete a performance assessment where they will debug coding errors to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of HTML.
Robots of Tech
In this project students will take on the role of engineers and computer scientists as they learn basic concepts about robotics. Students will be focusing on the construction and programming of autonomous mobile robots; using sensors, motors, and a core controller. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges that require research, problem solving, working in groups, and the maintaining of documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. As they advance in skills and knowledge students will work in teams to build and test increasingly more complex mobile robots, culminating in an end-of-project performance assessment robot challenge.
AP CSP – AP Computer Science Project
The AP Computer Science Principles project offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the project make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP CSP course exam and submit a digital portfolio of their artifacts; depending on the scores of both, students may be able to obtain a computer science college credit.