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PBL10 Hosts Exhibition for “The Boat Project: How Do I Get Across That?”

PBL 10 Boat Project Images The sophomore project based learning contingent is hosting the exhibition “The Boat Project: How Do I Get Across That?” on Friday, April 5 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at CHS. The exhibition includes video from this past Friday’s boat race at the high school natatorium, student-made boats and paddles and sails enhanced with original, symbolic artwork and student-made artifacts and original written works.

This project work stems from a research journey of explorers spanning a variety of cultures and time periods. The project connects Social Studies, English and Science curricula.

Social Studies: The boats are backed by hours of student research into a variety of explorers from throughout history, all of whom had to cross a body of water. Through research and construction efforts, students answered the question, “How can I get across that?”

English: Students studied Odysseus’ plight in the Odyssey and Homer’s use of imagery, metaphor and character motive. Students evaluated Odysseus’ motive for building a raft to leave Calypso’s island and generated metaphors to represent that motive. Students applied the same process to the explorers they researched. The sails visually convey the explorers’ motives through imagery and metaphor.

Science: Students learned about buoyancy and properties of water such as water polarity and intermolecular forces. The principles of buoyancy and forces apply directly to testing how the boats float. Additionally, students learned how sails create a pressure deficit to use wind as a power source.

Exhibition Schedule (CHS Little Theatre)

7 - 7:10 p.m. Visitor welcome and host introduction

7:10 - 7:15 p.m. Audience voting: Did Team A vs. Team B win the boat race?

7:15 - 7:30 p.m. Boat Race Video

7:30 - 7:45 p.m. Boat reveals and presentations, Q & A

7:45 - 8:30 p.m. Gallery Walk (PBL Rooms - Food and beverages will be served)