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Project At A Glance

Mark Aguirre and Janel Holcomb

Grade level, subjects:
9th grade humanities and math/physics

Essential questions:
How can an idea be transformed into a product that could make us millions?

10 weeks

In teams of 2-3, students design and construct an electrical product that can turn on and off, and develop an engineering plan, financial plan, and marketing plan for their business.

CA standards/domains:
Physics, Algebra I, and English Language Arts

Formative and summative assessment were integral to this project.  Rubrics were used to evaluate device prototypes, engineering plan, financial prototype, and the final presentation "Pitch."  Also, each student constructed a portfolio, and these were evaluated.

About the Authors

Mark Aguirre graduated with a B.A. degree in history from Cal State Chico and earned his teaching credential from San Diego State University in 1987. He came to High Tech from Scripps Ranch High School in 2001 and has been a ninth-grade humanities teacher since 2002. He is the facilitator for the Model United Nations club. His passions include classical history, culinary arts, jazz and poker.

Janel Holcomb is in her fifth year at High Tech High.  She has taught ninth-grade Math & Physics and currently teaches tenth grade Math & Chemistry.  She holds a Masters of Education and a Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.