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Class-wide Projects: Mission Impossible?

Session 3
John Kamal — Science Leadership Academy

Is it possible to have an entire class work on a single project? Not many versions of a single assignment, but working as a team to accomplish one complex task? Think about designing one civilization, building a massive Rube Goldberg machine, or creating a mission to Mars. All with a large group of energetic teens, each with their own ideas and skill set.

We will explore the many challenges involved in taking on such a task. We will look at the characteristics that make a classwide project great, or a disaster. We will discuss the challenges involved in open-ended projects that provide maximum student autonomy. Case studies will be reviewed of projects that have soared, or fizzled.

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