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School: King Middle School

City/State: Portland, ME

Grade(s): 8

Format(s): Device, Video: Project documentation

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies

Project Overview

Eighth grade students at King Middle School in Portland, Maine participated in an interdisciplinary expedition to reVOLT against the current limitations imposed by our current ways of using energy.

Students began by building robots and working model wind turbines in order to learn about the design process. They learned that they had to engineer their designs, constantly revise them, and incorporate feedback.  Students read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba. After investigating science and social issues such as environmental concerns behind wind power, they used what they learned in all of their classes to design and build devices that solve a modern-day energy need in a unique way.

Students researched the energy conversions shown in their inventions and also explained the social need behind their projects. Designs and research were pitched to a panel of community members.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Exemplary model for a multi-disciplinary project
  • Excellent example of a beginning-to-end process for an expedition
  • Shows how student work can impact both the student and the global community
  • Strong integration of technology combined with subject matter

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can analyze how specific dialogue or incidents in a plot propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
  • I can cite text-based evidence that provides the strongest support for an analysis of literary text.
  • I can objectively summarize informational text.
  • I can write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts that convey ideas and concepts using relevant information that is carefully selected and organized.
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