Students in Mrs. Rosch's eighth grade Social Studies Class had the opportunity to do independent research on a variety of topics throughout the year. The "Interest Hour" is closely modeled after the popular Genius Hour and uses aspects of Project Based Learning (PBL).
After selecting a topic of their own desire and researching it, students created presentations for the class. The website contains a few examples of the students work. This series of projects is the springboard for the new elective course being offered to eighth graders next fall, call "Innovation Station".
The course will involve students learning a variety of new skills, collaborating and problem solving. All of this will lead to independent research and presentations. The capstone event will have students from Depew putting their research on display as well as potential participation in a WNY Consortium with multiple districts.