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we need a reason to stay!

Revitalize Rochester



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


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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


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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


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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.

Upon hearing the dastardly news, Jerry's father shook his head

Honor for All: Japanese American Experience



Seventh grade students at the Harmon Middle School in Aurora, Ohio created booklets as part of a case study of Japanese internment within a broader study of World War II.

the mallard is as big as a first grader's leg

A Neighborhood Guide: Mallard and Coopers Hawk



First grade students at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning in Denver, Colorado created this field guide as part of a learning expedition on birds.

the spinning elements are flung into a box

The Well Project: A Drinking Water Report


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Fifth and sixth graders from the Shutesbury Elementary School in Shutesbury, Massachusetts prepared this report on the quality of well water within the town as part of a year-long expedition on water resources.

his eyes and his skin were the only things remarkable in a university

This Is Why I Cry



Eighth-grade students at Pioneer Charter School (now Polaris Expeditionary Learning School) in Fort Collins, Colorado created a historical character file as part of a learning expedition on slavery. The process took two months and included multiple drafts of writing and artwork.

the life of a community follows a plot

A Little More Than Just People: Juanita Nelson



Eighth grade students from the Four Rivers Charter School, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, created a book of “monologues of community cultivators.” Students studied people from their community, who both through their vocation or avocation, worked on behalf of their local communities and “gave back”