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Amusement Park Physics
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This is a PBL project that had students design and present to a panel of local experts a set of possible rides for a proposed amusement park as a way for them to master and apply the concepts of rotational motion. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of angular kinematics, force, energy, and momentum. The project required students to design and then describe in detail one or more amusement park rides that would be the basis of authentically demonstrating their depth of knowledge for these topics. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
Banned Books Project
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This is a PBL project that focuses on whether or not students believe banning books in their own curriculum is justified. The students will receive a review on a banned book and will then take that stance to defend the review.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kathryn Kelley
Date Added:
10/10/2016
Collision Course!
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This is a PBL project that had students build a "collision contraption" to be used as the basis for understanding the concepts of impulse and momentum. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of impulse, momentum, and the differences in energy and momentum conservation between elastic and inelastic collisions. The project required students to design, build, and then use as a basis to prove their applied mastery of impulse and momentum, a contraption that would accurately predict the 2-dimensional motion of colliding objects, as well as to demonstrate the value of modern automobile design features in terms of safety. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
Conservation of Energy Cars
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This is a PBL project that used the North Carolina Gravity Games as the basis for students to understand the concepts of work and energy. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of work, the conservation of energy, power, and the work-kinetic energy theorem. The project required students to design, build, and then use as a basis to prove their applied mastery of work and energy, a working "gravity car" that was tested locally, with the top three entering in the state-wide Gravity Games competition in Lenoir, NC. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
Hometown Heritage Project
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Hometown Heritage is a high school level, school-wide, cross-curricular PBL project originally designed and conducted at Tri-County Early College High School in the spring of 2018. The project's primary goal is to allow students to develop, refine, and present a product that addresses the following driving question: "How can we inspire young people to value our local heritage by telling our community’s stories in creative and meaningful ways?" Modeled after the "Foxfire" series, this project asked students to become apprentice level experts on a topic they cared about that was specific to the fabric of our local community, including working directly with an outside mentor to develop this expertise. Moreover, the students were expected to make strong connections and applications to their academic and 21st Century Skill competencies.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
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Author:
Ben Owens
Date Added:
07/11/2018
Inquiry Project
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The Inquiry Project is used to test students knowledge of how specific landscapes change over time. As teachers, we will provide a short lecture portion to give students an idea of what the project is all about. In this portion we will incorporate our grabber video and other visualizations to really engage the students in what is being taught. Once they become comfortable of what is expected of them, they will create a power point to explain how a certain landscape changes over time.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Maddy Berta
Date Added:
02/28/2017
Inquiry Project Doc
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Inquiry Project PBL lesson plan. Students learn about natural geological forces and how they affect nature. Using this knowledge, hypothesize what the same natural monuments might be like in 100 years from now. Students will make a presentation for information, discuss/debate with other stuents, then write reflection on project and what they learned.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Mandi Lucas
Date Added:
02/28/2017
Let's Motor!
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This is a PBL project that had students design, build, and explain an electrical device that would safely and accurately demonstrate their mastery of the principles of electricity and magnetism. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of electrostatics, electrical circuits, and the fundamentals of electromagnetism and induction. The project required students to design an electrical prototype that (upon safety validation), could be built and used to authentically justify their level of mastery to local engineers, electricians, and other experts from the community. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
May the FORCE be with you!
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This is a PBL project that used a Rube Goldberg machine as the basis for students to understand the concepts of force and Newton's Laws. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of Newton's Three Laws of Motion, as well as concepts of equilibrium, rotational force (motion and torque), acceleration, and the Universal Law of Gravitation. The project required students to design, build, and then use as a basis to prove their applied mastery of force, a working Rube Goldberg Machine. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
PBL Project
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PBL activity in which students are researching what their school year should look like. This includes coming up with when breaks will be, start and end time of the regular school day, and why they think their calendar is what our school should use. They will present their final project to their classmates, instructor, and a school administrator defending their position.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Abby Marcoux
Date Added:
10/11/2016
The Physics of Music
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This is a PBL project that had students use musical instruments to demonstrate their mastery of waves and vibration. It was specifically designed to help students increase their depth of knowledge of vibration, wave fundamentals, wave interference, light and sound waves, and wave boundary effects. The project required students to use actual instruments to authentically present and justify their level of mastery to local musicians and other experts. Note that the project was designed and delivered per the North Carolina honors Physics curriculum and it can be customized to meet your own specific curriculum needs and resources.

Subject:
Physics
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Ben Owens
Super Hero Solutions Project
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A high school level, school-wide, cross-curricular PBL project that allows students to increase their depth of knowledge of academic and 21st Century Skills by designing, building, and refining a product or service that will help people better prepare for, respond to, or recover from natural disasters.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Business and Communication
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Ben Owens
Date Added:
12/05/2018
The Whimsy Project
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A high school level, school-wide, cross-curricular PBL project that allows students to maximize their creative thinking and problem solving skills as they connect academic content to real-world applications, in a fun and whimsical way!

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Ben Owens
Date Added:
06/12/2018