Prerequisite: Open to a limited number of seniors who have completed and excelled in at least one AP Science and/or AP Mathematics course. Tests scores (Standardized and AP), grades, interview, essay, teacher recommendations, and transcript rigor are all factors in the application process.
A year-long academic offering for students as a core academic class in either Mathematics or Science that seeks to provide rigorous interdisciplinary study in a collaborative and project-based setting. This class quickly grows into a student-driven format with significant critical thinking applied throughout the course.
First semester topics include Team Building, Effective Collaboration, Learning Styles, Analysis, Methodology, Innovation, and Design Thinking as well as day-long mini projects and three team based collaborative projects with presentations. Second semester is designed around a thesis project that is significant in scale, interdisciplinary in nature, and collaborative in format. Teams will work toward creating a significant document and large scale presentation that will be delivered in front of both small and large panels. Teams will build a website to track and display their project and a physical design model or equivalent display (ex., a piece of music, a computer program, etc.) depending on each individual project’s aim and components. Clearly defined individual roles will be identified in all facets of the project while ensuring a collaborative approach among the team throughout the venture.
Buck Institute Project Based Learning Materials, SMAC Designed Project Materials