May 6th, 2013

WATCH: Problem Solvers!

Schools like to say they teach students to be “problem solvers” but, more often than not, solving problems means puzzling over algebraic expressions. That’s business as usual.

Here’s a real problem: 25 percent of the world’s population lacks electricity. That’s what King Middle School in Portland, Maine asked its 8th graders to solve. They spent four months studying physics, design, and much more, all in preparation for inventing alternative energy devices that improve people’s lives.

Learning Matters correspondent John Tulenko follows the project from start to finish. See what “Deeper Learning” looks like in practice and what these young inventors were inspired to create.

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This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Tietz Family Foundation.

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