Having blown out the cobwebs and cleared the air with our BIG conversation between facilitators and students in Week 9, Term 2 began with style and flair. Courtesy of Mr Lance Haselwood and his beautiful DeLorean, students were treated to the real deal; the inspiration for this project. Complete with hoverboard, flux capacitor and Einstein, students were able to sit in the DeLorean and see what all the fuss was about. From the exuberant greeting from the Year 6’s, to the automotive delight of the Year 10’s, this flashy beginning to the term was just what we needed to kick start and re-imagine the project ideas from Term 1.

Following time with our visitors, students who needed to refresh their original ideas were given collaboration time with their groups and facilitators. Students were able to redirect their project ideas, to better align with their passions, interests and renewed understanding of the project, as a whole. New groups were formed and, courtesy of their previous experience, students were able to clearly articulate their vision and goals for their new project idea in good time.

Other students, whose project ideas were already clear and ready to continue, spent time developing criteria/considerations for their project. This included considerations like: user needs, resources/equipment, time management (GANTT Chart), materials, product design, product analysis, promotion, safety concerns, organisation of tasks and consultancy. This provided students with the real world context of what is involved in bringing an idea to fruition. As the students invest in this process, the closer they come to making their project a reality. This is exciting stuff! Watching the students engage and have their own ‘A-ha’ moments, makes this journey all the more worthwhile.



Colleen Crase

Passionate about teaching English Communications, which focuses on engaging students who struggle in ‘main-stream’ subjects, Colleen brings to the team a wealth of experience with middle and senior school students and a real desire to make a difference in their learning.

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