Inaugural MNPS Project Expo

IMG_1866Throughout MNPS, students and teachers are engaging in Project Based Learning at all schools.  This type of learning leads students through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge, helping students learn key academic content while developing 21st Century Skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.  In preparing for the inaugural MNPS Project expo, we received 234 applications from students to exhibit and 123 different projects were invited to participate, representing the top work from all of our high schools. On Thursday, March 14, more than 400 students presented their work to a series of judges and were scored using a standard rubric. This expo represented the work of many people. Three organizations supported this event by giving of their time, talent, and treasure.  We would like to thank Trevecca Nazarene University for providing us with a beautiful space and prizes for our specialty awards winners, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Flatt Rock Farms for their financial sponsorship of this event.

 

IMG_1874After hours of interviewing, the expert panel of judges scored each project on a standardized scale. Each project earned a rating of Gold, Silver, Bronze, or participation based on the score received. Additionally, a team of reviewers viewed all projects and selected one from each category to represent the “Best In Show”, and our sponsors, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Flatt Rock Farms, also identified projects to be recognized for special awards.  Congratulations to all participants and good luck at the MNPS Project Expo 2014!

 

Best in Show Arts, Media, & Communications

  • Lift Every Voice and Sing from Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

Best in Show Business, Marketing, and Information Technology

  • The transportation and logistics analysis from Hillsboro High School

Best in Show Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technology

  • The analysis of energy consumption of idle computers in MNPS from Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School

Best in Show Health & Public Service

  • Richland Creek Pollution from Hillsboro High School

Best in Show Hospitality and Tourism

  • The Topper Tea Room Business Plan from Hillwood High School

Best in Show Science category

  • The effects of caffeine on freshwater hydras from Antioch High School

Best in Show Other category

  • Public Policy: Steps Taken to Change Public Policy from Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Best Project in Healthcare

  • Fecal Coliform and E. Coli Sampling and tracking in the Richland Creek Watershed from Hillsboro High School

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Best Project in Science Research

  • The effects of mouthwash on spearmint growth an soil composition from Hillsboro High School

IMG_1895Flatt Rock Farms “Grand Champion” Project in Agriculture

  • Ethanol from Pumpkins from Whites Creek High School

 

 

 

 

Gold Ranking Awards

  • Le Feria de Marcado: Fair Market from Antioch High School
  • The Transportation Logistic Analysis from Hillsboro High School
  • An analysis of energy consumption of idle computers in MNPS from Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School
  • Topper Tea Room Business Plan from Hillwood High School
  • The effects of caffeine on freshwater hydra from Antioch High School
  • The effects of mouthwash on spearmint growth and soil composition from Hillsboro High School
  • The influence of socio-demographics on recycling behaviors in the Hillsboro cluster from Hillsboro High School

 

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