Senior Madi Uhrik and her team chose Turkey and created a model of the Hagia Sophia. She found the exhibition stressful but learned a lot about teamwork and planning throughout the semester. “Having judges come encouraged me to strive higher in order to impress people I didn’t know. You imagine they have higher expectations of you. They don’t know about all the hard work it took to get that final project done, they only see the project itself,” she said.
This is the 4th year Marin has invited judges to help assess the students' work at the end of the semester. He agrees that the learning environment provided by project-based learning is preparing our students for the 21st century workplace. Reflecting on the switch to group collaboration and authentic audiences, he said, “The improvement in quality and learning has been amazing.”
The final exhibition also allows students to celebrate their efforts. “It’s good for them to be able to show off their hard work, and it’s good practice for them to be asked tough questions by an older, more experienced person,” said Erin Johnson, a judge at the exhibition.
Second semester geography class will be giving presentations in May.