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The Racing Project is high school level, school-wide, cross-curricular PBL project done at Tri-County Early College HS and was centered around the question: How can we innovate vehicle design solutions to win a race? With that question in mind, there were four different buckets containing different ideas for car designs: gravity games, combustion, electric, and human powered vehicles. Within each of these buckets the PBL groups (with help from an outside mentor) were to design a car to win a race to the best of their abilities using the power source bucket they were in.
Applied Science, Career Technical Education, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages
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MITCHELL OWENS on Dec 08, 09:30pm

I teach Civics and Economics. I appreciate that Ben has posted this, as I actually had the opportunity to visit TCEC last year while this project was being completed and see how it incorporated all of the parts of high quality PBL.

There are standards and objectives present throughout and allows for cross-curricular study as a large scale project such as this should have (they complete it throughout the whole school and center all classes around it).

There is a clear assessment strategy that is used as well as check points that are being provided to make sure the students stay on track and rubrics that can be used by the teachers to score the projects through creativity, collaboration, etc.

Strengths: This is a large scale project that checks off all of the requirements to be high quality PBL that would be found through PBL Works.

Opportunities: This is a complete resource.

ROBBIN BRILEY on Dec 08, 02:10pm

I am a middle school 7th/8th grade science teacher and honestly this makes me want to participate! I absolutely loved the very detailed planning that went into this high quality PBL..
Alignment to Standards - Full alignment to depth and breadth of standard(s) tagged.
Evidence of Learning Objectives - Has clear learning objectives that are achievable through completion of this resource.
Evidence of Assessment Strategies - Has clear and sufficient assessment strategies that will accurately measure student progress and mastery of the specified standards.
Strengths and Opportunities - This resource is very strong in being aligned to high quality PBL through it's intellectual challenges for the students, true authenticity, public products produces, collaboration between students/teams, project management and overall reflection.



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