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December 30, 2009 at 1:45 AM 2 comments

We’ll be sharing our experience and other news here about the Take Action Science Projects Curriculum.

Through Take Action Science Projects, middle or high school students will take a tour of the world’s problems and choose a science-related one that they really care about. Then they’ll decide on an action that will be fun as well as effective. Students can work by themselves, with a friend and/or with an organization as they apply science skills to help solve problems in the real world. The action they choose is done at home.

Our curriculum teaches them how to do scientific research, how to frame a problem statement, how to communicate clearly and how to manage projects from start to triumphant finish! Young people can make a difference to tomorrow’s world. We’ll help you show them how.

Please take a look around our web site to learn more about our program. There is no charge for the Take Action Science Curriculum.

Anne

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  • 1. sueboudreau  |  February 17, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Well, I’m nervous talking to right now, precisely no one. So I thought instead of writing a teacher’s guide to the Take Action Project, I’d blog it for a more real-time feel of what you’d be letting yourself in for. Plus it’s WAY more fun for me this way

    I’m excited, it’s the first of Jan, a great day to get started on the project that I feel passionate about. My colleague Karen and I will be hitting them with it their first day back, to fit in with their new year’s resolution to save the world. They are hopefully not old enough in 7th grade to want to lose 10lbs.

    Anne our web meistress and non-profit sector advisor, and I had a blast presenting this project at NSTA at the beginning of December. Meeting other educators interested in the Take Action Project was the high point for us. I know there are more of us out there, and as far as I can find, not that much in the way of a community of educators implementing project based learning.

    The website, the blog and the facebook page mentioned in the links of this blog, are all part of our effort to make a community for teachers by teachers. Because implementing project-based learning can be a daunting, scary, stressful task by yourself. If we do it together, we could get together, and we could have a lot more fun. It’s got to be fun for us as well as the kids, or we won’t keep doing it. The state of the world is so scary, this project offers me a way out of despair – it feels like the best I can do to make a difference. I hope it could do the same for you. Karen and I really did have fun with this our first year out and this year will be the new and improved version.

    It’s late here in El Sobrante, Ca, sitting in my cozy house on the edge of the California wild lands. Have a great start to your new year. Looking forward to getting to know you. Night night,

    Sue B.

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  • 2. sueboudreau  |  February 24, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    This is from PBL- http://www.classroom20.com/group/pblbetterwithpractice/forum/topics/provocative-posts

    I investigated Great Explorations by Outward Bound – sounded great. But required the whole school to buy in. Never going to happen at my school. We have a traditional schedule in a school that scores high on the standardized testing treadmill. But I did have some key pieces in place – I had built a reputation and some trust with the community of parents, the administration and school board. We had a tradition of building projects in the science curriculum, for example the Rube Goldberg Project. We started with similar stuff – Make a cool toy to demonstrate a principle in electricity and magnetism.

    But I wanted to move toward more authentic projects that actually did something useful. I gradually moved the needle to very issues-driven projects that complement and add relevance to the standards based curriculum. The Grow Food project, and the Take Action Projects are our latest ones.

    We communicate what we are planning with all stake holders, especially parents. We set clear expectations. We train students in the collaboration, communication and project management skills they will need.

    No we don’t need block scheduling (although it would help). We use some technology for research but it’s not central to the process.

    So trust, willingness to try and model some failure and learn from it. We’ve been careful to make it fun for US as well as kids. That means not rushing or cramming too much in too fast.

    Sue

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