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Why keep going when you could settle here?

Discovering the Genesee

Grade(s):

3

Third grade students at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created a natural and cultural field guide as part of a learning expedition on local history.

How far can a tower of blocks hang over the edge of a table before it collapses?

Calculicious: Making Calculus Delicious

Grade(s):

12

Seniors at High Tech High in San Diego, California created this book as a product from a cross-curricular study of art and mathematics. Students created an online forum to critique and discuss their work.

it feels comfortable here and the sky is so beautiful

Trees Are Trees

Grade(s):

K

Kindergarten students at The College School in St. Louis, Missouri created a book of poetry, letters and artwork. Each poem about trees is accompanied by a colorful drawing. Students spent considerable time outdoors making observations, drawing, writing and exploring.

the people most affected by the pollution were the factory workers

Chemistry and Conflict: Carbon

Grade(s):

10

Tenth grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, California created this book as the final product from a cross-disciplinary project combining chemistry and history.

these waters are not dead by any means

Perspectives of San Diego Bay

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

Forty high school students from the Gary and Jerri-Ann High Tech High in San Diego, California worked with an interdisciplinary team of teachers to create a field guide to the bay.

we need a reason to stay!

Revitalize Rochester

Grade(s):

6

Sixth grade students at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York created a report/position paper arguing for the reconsideration of an unsuccessful bond issue to revitalize downtown Rochester by restoring water to the dry Erie Canal waterway.

asymmetrical information can create a blind spot for people, causing countless market failures

Economics Illustrated

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

Tenth grade students at High Tech High in San Diego, California created a book of economic terms and concepts with original student art.

the arrow starts with an initial velocity of 0m/s

The Crusades

Grade(s):

9, 10, 11, 12

Students from High Tech High School in San Diego, California created this book as part of an investigation into the math and physics behind the weapons of the crusades.

geothermal energy has been around since the dinosaurs walked the earth

Guide to Energy Sources

Grade(s):

3, 4

Third and fourth grade students at the Santa Fe School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Fe, New Mexico created a guide on energy sources and alternative energy. The book was created for younger children and though largely text-based, includes drawings as well.

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