The Water Project began in Chattanooga, TN where K-12 students partnered with TVA and the Tennessee Aquarium to study all aspects of the Tennessee River. Research included water quality, wildlife, flood zones, work by scientists at the aquarium, economics of the river, water transportation and sports. California students researched water quality at a local beach and maintained statistical records over a period of one month. Other students, in a summer school program, blogged water conservation strategies from their home and met weekly to create a power point portfolio of their investigations. Students, at the MTSU Campus School, chose the Land Project and created a nature trail on their campus, featuring plants native to Tennessee. Marblehead and Concordia schools won Online Eco Fair prizes for their school gardens and students in a summer school in North Carolina partnered with Weyerhaeuser to learn about wood products and reforestation. Students in Tucson adopted a vacant lot across from the school, conducted an archeological dig, displayed the artifacts in a building on the lot, and utilized xeriscaping on the grounds. Using the Energy Project, students at a middle and high school partnered with the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine and met with automobile manufactures at a hydrogen fueling event. Students at Truman Benedict School conducted a school wide recycling project with classrooms competing with each other on money raised.  The custodian became the coordinator.

Elementary students in Chicago, applying The Arts Project, researched the Monet exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, including Monet’s life, Impressionist art, economics of the Institute, and attendance. Students in Akiachak, Alaska invited the village elders into the school to teach them how to weave baskets and carve masks. They created a business plan to sell these artifacts to galleries across the US. The principal reported that the student essays, describing their art project, were the best they had ever written. Students entered the online Summer Photo Contest sponsored by Its The Kids.  One middle school boy submitted the same photo at the Orange County Fair. He won online and at the fair!  Students have used the Sports Project to research Olympic athletes, skill, training, sportsmanship, statistics, history, geographic locations, and global interactions.

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STAR THROWERS

Students in the after school craft club at San Onofre School on Camp Pendleton MCAS used the Explorer templates to make supply bags. They also turned cute cans into succulent gardens. This club is led by volunteers from the community and meets every Tuesday afternoon.  

Teachers, volunteers and students just completed their year long tutoring program at San Onofre.  The teachers and volunteers were deignated Star Throwers and awarded Starfish Pins and the students received "It's Your Future" pins for their hard work learning 21st Century skills.  

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