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Interdisciplinary projects that live beyond the classroom

An A to Z Book of Homelessness

Grade(s):

3, 4

Bilingual ABC picture book highlighting the humanity of homeless people; given out to community sites

Even Though I Got Nothing, I Got Myself

Even Though I Got Nothing, I Got Myself

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

As part of the studio Rich Narratives, NuVu students learned foundational documentary filmmaking skills in order to transform everyday material into powerful stories.

Humans of Cambridge

Humans of Cambridge

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Nuvu students in the Cinemagraph studio learned how to create their own cinemagraphs—digital photos that include a subtle and looped movement.

Frogs and Toads

Frog and Toad Tales

Grade(s):

3

Over the course of a six-week period, third-grade students at Eanes Elementary in Austin, Texas deeply explored the genres of informational and narrative nonfiction.

Where in the World is Moscow?

Where in the World is Moscow?

Grade(s):

2, 3

Second and third-graders at Palouse Prairie Charter School in Moscow, Idaho engaged in a 14-week social studies expedition in which students thought and acted like geographers and cartographers. The guiding question that drove the learning was:

Where in the World is Moscow? 

Worms

The Dirt on Worms

Grade(s):

K

Kindergarten students at Palouse Prairie Charter School in Moscow, Idaho studied the importance of worms during a learning expedition. 

Backcountry IV

Backcountry IV

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

As part of the Brink: Biometric Interface studio—an exploration of better technologies for those who work or play in extreme conditions—Nuvu students Jordana Conti, Sydney Brown, Oliver Geller, Devin Lewtan, Laurel Sullivan and Max Dadagian created an innovative solution to a common threat: hypot

Wheelchair Hand Drive

Wheelchair Hand Drive

Grade(s):

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

As part of the studio, “Hacking Wheelchairs for Urbanity” NuVu students were tasked with improving the wheelchair by accessorizing it as opposed to redesigning the chair itself. Part of this challenge was also affordability, as many current technologies are costly.

Wildlife of the Texas Panhandle

Wildlife of the Texas Panhandle

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

High School students at Spearman High School in Spearman, Texas designed these 18 x 24 pastel paintings as part of a co-curricular project in science and art. Students learned about the habitats, anatomy, hunting, behaviors and growth of wildlife of the Texas Panhandle.

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