20 Percent Project encourages students to work hard and learn responsibility

Posted: October 3, 2016 in Academics, Project-based Learning
Teacher Regan Roach confers with a student updating his blog for the 20 percent project, which encouraged students to spend 20 percent of their class time working on a project they are passionate about. (Photo by Megan Ash)

Teacher Regan Roach confers with a student updating his blog for the 20 percent project, which encouraged students to spend 20 percent of their class time working on a project they are passionate about. (Photo by Megan Ash)

By Stanley Cook and Zach Grattan
Cougar News Blog

     Much like Google started a trend that encourages employees to work on their own projects, eighth-grade advanced science students are participating in the 20 Percent Project during class. The project is a yearlong activity that helps students help others, and work on what they truly have a passion for.
     Student in this class, taught by Regan Roach, have been working on a project of their choice where they will make anything that helps someone in some way. The goal is to present the final product to parents and faculty members at Apache Junction High School near the end of the school year. The goal of this simple “elevator pitch,” is to influence them that this is a helping product.
     “They will learn a lot about themselves and they will have commitment to finish, normally the teachers tell you to do X-Y-Z, but with this project you get to do whatever you want,” said Mrs. Roach.
     The project helps students learn responsibility and how to use time wisely. Mrs. Roach hopes students who finish before the end of the year will become leaders in the class.
     “If students finished before the end of the year they can help each other, and make improvements on their own,” said Ms. Roach.
     Each week, students track their successes and plans on their own blog.
     One of the students in the sixth hour is making an app for hunting. It will help many people in Arizona because the app will allow people to know when a hunting season is open, show the maps, the units, and possibly have the animal calls. Another student hour is going to pick a day that elementary students will go out to a park. He will help kids that don’t have money get bats, and all the gear they need to play baseball. Then he will teach them to play better.
     “I like that I get to teach kids something that they truly want to do,” said eighth grader Brian Favia.

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Comments
  1. Michele D. says:

    You guys are doing great. I hope you all have fun in this class it really is a great opportunity to be taught by Mr. Davis.

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