What does Project Based Learning Look Like?
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Below are projects taught in 8th, 9th and 10th grades

Salmon Project
Lori Leberer, Bilingual Orientation Center, Seattle, WA
Students use the Life Cycle of the Salmon to give context to studies. They partner with the Seattle Aquarium to create a series of striking murals.

Community Connections
Andrew Davis, Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis, OR
At-risk eighth grade students immerse in project-based summer experiences which blend counseling services, and rigorous and relevant courses to help students create projects such as poetry put to music, a play performed in French, and a photography exhibit.

Kalo Inc.
Ku Kahakalau, Kanu o ka 'Aina School, Kamuela, HI
Students run a multimedia production business to produce saleable products relating to Native Hawaiian language, culture, and traditions using cutting edge media tools.

Redesigning the Commons
Deena Zarlin, Mendocino High School, Mendocino, CA
Students work with teachers, administrators, and community members on all aspects of designing, planning and constructing a new commons area for the school.

The Amazing Adventures of Kennewick Man
Roger Nieboer, Nay Ah Shing, Onamia, MN
Students research and produce a comic book that is a vehicle for exploring complex issues related to historical "truth" and cultural pride.

eco-mania
Michelle Swanson & Barney Jones, Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
Students engage in a yearlong process to produce a play and audiograph that bring hard questions about environmental conservation to a national audience.

Opera for Everyone
Karen Matsunaga, Roosevelt High School, Honolulu, HI
Students produce masks, logos and other products based on their studies of operas performed each year by Hawaii Opera Theatre.

Bridges Project
Leslie Texas, Southern High School, Louisville, KY
Students explore principles of physics and math, and hone English skills through the development of bridge proposals and working scale models.

Project Based Learning