Authentic Learning – Student Project

Students in my Big Picture program undertake authentic work in the community by negotiating a project with their internship mentor.

Glen is a building contractor who came to speak to my class about his passion of powerboat racing (Jet sprint racing) and his building business. As a result of this talk, one of my students Sean, jumped at the opportunity to do an internship with him. Over the next few weeks, another student Thaniell got to know Glen and offered to help him make a gadget to measure exhaust temperatures for his boat.

Thaniel’s interests include: farming, sound and lighting and electrical/electronics.

Here is Glen in action with his wife Amanda as navigator.

Here is a promotional video of jet boat racing.

Glen bought the electronics kit and asked Thaniel to put it all together which involved reading the steps in a magazine and soldering the circuitry.

The video below of their explanation of the project and how it all went really shows the value of authentic learning opportunities.

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