7th grade students in the 20/20 science class have been working to help solve some of the toughest global issues this year. Challenge 20/20 asks students to find local solutions to twenty different global problems, and our 7th grade students rose to the challenge. Students addressed issues like biodiversity loss, poverty, and water scarcity. They planned and executed a local solution throughout this school year, and they engaged the community to make their project sustainable. One group of students designed and tested a low-cost water filtration system; the girls presented it to the elementary students and donated their prototype to the science lab so younger students are aware of the problem and a possible solution. This project inspires students to learn more about global challenges and use critical and creative thinking to help in a local context. Students are motivated because they can see the change and speak with people who are impacted by their efforts.
mindful of the materials they used to prevent waste; choose a tool they have never used before, and perform an action to help solve a problem OR educate others about a problem. With this freedom, students were motivated to create a variety of products including game shows like Jeopardy and Family Feud, Wevideos, Prezis, Powtoons, E-books, Flip-a-clips, infographics, websites, audio presentations like radio programs and songs, and video presentations including
Students used GarageBand to create a song from separate recordings of their instruments in a process similar to recording studios. When students had finalized their song, they began making a music video. This project required students to be very organized and creative. They were motivated to learn about sound waves in order to produce a fun and entertaining video.
ASFG students met with their peers via Google Hangouts four times this year. Each meeting had a different student leader who facilitated the discussion to include as many students and viewpoints as possible. Students also shared with each other using a private Google+ community. They shared timelines of important events in their lives, pictures of school, and projects. This program motivates students because they have the opportunity to lead and engage with students in another part of the world.