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Project Launch

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A well-planned Project Launch can really bring a driving question to life. As the project’s facilitator, use the Project Launch as an opportunity to kick-start your students’ curiosity, and to create a sense of anticipation and wonder about their project’s possibilities!

Here are some tried-and-true Project Launch event ideas:

  • Go on a scavenger hunt in a community park, and look for clues related to the project’s driving question.
  • Invite a guest speaker to stir up interest in the real-world cause or community concern the students plan to investigate.
  • Incorporate social media to allow students and families to post and follow during the course of the project.
  • Create an air of mystery by conducting a surprising demonstration that gets students believing their driving question may not be so easy to answer after all.
  • Make a documentary, in which students can talk about the project at the beginning, middle and end.
  • Pose a challenge in the form of a contest or competition that involves students’ active participation.
  • Use a short video or provocative photos to inspire inquiry.

Reflect on This

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