Project: Science and Economics

Teacher: Scott Schwarz
School: Hope Street Charter Academy
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 04/20/2009
End Date: 05/08/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

Mentors will have discussions about volunteering and help the students design an individualized project.


Students will create an open dialogue about community service between themselves and their mentors. The students and mentors will discuss the pros and cons of voluntering for a community service project. They should also open a conversation about past volunteering experiences and reasons for volunteering or not volunteering. Students will explore the idea of community service as an aspect of the “civic values” of America. The mentors will share their opinions about “civic responsibility”, the economics of public works and what sort of incentives the government/organizations could establish to encourage volunteering in the community. After discussing the aspects of volunteering the mentors will assist the students in completing a project about volunteering. The project should be individualised to the student to address the strengths and interest of the student. Some possible project ideas are create a powerpoint, a poster, or a brochure about volunteering or about a specific organizaion that the student has interest. Another idea would be for the student to design a plan for volunteering for a local agency or develop a volunteer project of their own. The student will not be required to actually roll up their sleeves and get to work. This project is designed to help the students design a plan to volunteer.


LIFE SCIENCE – The student will understand the interdependence of organisms and their interaction with the physical environment and understands human beings live within and impact ecosystems. SCIENCE IN PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVES – The student will develop an understanding of personal and community health, an appreciation of natural resources, environmental quality, in their local setting.



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Student Outcomes:

The students will make a flyer/brochure/powerpoint/poster supporting community service. The project will include information acquired through class discussions, community activities and collaborations with telementors. If the student does not support community service, the student will complete the project stating his reasons. Or the student will design a plan to volunteer at a local agency or creat a volunteer project of their own. The outcome of the project should be developed with the help of the mentor and teacher, individualised to the student.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Teacher will grade student on participation of weekly correspondence to mentors and on final project/presentation.

Teacher Role:

The teacher will act as a facilitator for the students project and monitor the telementoring correspondence. The teacher will respond to the telementor in a timely manner for any concerns.

Mentor Role:

The mentor will support the student with expertise in the field of study through collaboration.