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Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Day as a Judge

Well, not exactly a judge.

On Friday I was able to review project presentations from 2009 SC Teacher of the Year, Bryan Coburn's Introduction to Engineering Design Class. The students were given two weeks to come up with a project to help reduce/reuse water because of a recent drought in South Carolina.

They had to work as a team, develop the project and make a presentation. Each team had a blog site - and for some of the 9th graders - this was their first attempt at a presentation. It was interesting, educational, and entertaining.

I learned that some high school students like to take a shower for over an hour, and some like to just leave the water running. Recovering/reducing water usage from showers was a favorite project topic (to be used to flush toilets), as was watering lawns and gardens from downspouts. One group came up with a device to water your pets from downspouts. Bear Grylls (Man Vs. Wild) was an inspiration for one group to reuse urine.

I hope my "judging" teammates and I asked questions that will  help the students to improve their skills. Below is a commercial one of the teams made: I Shower commercial 2 by dival_06
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 Click here for a link to the video.

If you'd like to see what other teams came up with, go to these links:
Period One
Period Two
Period Three

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