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Four Projects Four Weeks

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Roman B.

The group led by Mr. Forseth, focused on what students can do as projects. During that first month, we did four projects to learn the basics of project based learning.

 The first project we did was titled "Would you trust your life to a bryophyte?" We were told to find out how reliable the old saying "Moss only grows on the north side of trees" really was. The general opinion agreed that trusting this saying was a questionable judgment.

The second project involved catching all of the  grasshoppers in a specified area then marking them with nail polish and setting them free in that area. A week later, we repeated the capture to see how many we recaptured and did a quick calculation to find out the population in that area.

Our third project was to find the muzzle velocity of an air soft pellet in any way we could come up with. I used two pieces of aluminum foil then shot through both of them, and recorded the time between the sounds caused by the impacts. My team then used this to find the velocity of the air soft pellet.

The conclusive task was to create our own project. Most people decided to do a second population survey, but I made plans to build a table, by making blueprints and a supplies list.

In summary, I believe that this was a valuable group for me to participate in. This group taught me lessons about brainstorming and how to complete projects in a timely manner. These skills can be applied to any projects at Wildlands. I now feel prepared to do any project I might choose during the rest of my time at Wildlands.

-Roman B. 9th grade

 

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