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Project Expo


Students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) regularly engage in Project Based Learning (PBL), in all classes where students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. These rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking. To recognize the efforts of our teachers and students, MNPS will host a high school Student Project Exposition open to all high school students in the district. Projects invited to present at the expo will be selected from the best abstracts submitted for consideration.

The Student Project Expo will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Trevecca- Nazarene University Boone Convocation Center. During this event, students in grades 9-12 will showcase their collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills by displaying projects created throughout the year in preparation for college and careers.

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The MNPS Project Expo is open to all students in grades 9-12 in Davidson County who attend public schools. Projects will be divided into seven categories:

  • Arts, Media & Communications

  • Business, Marketing & Information Technology (IT)

  • Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology

  • Health & Public Service

  • Hospitality & Tourism

  • Science

  • Other (to be used only if a project does not fall into an industry grouping above)

Rules and Guidelines

Projects can be the work of an individual student or a team of students (two – four students working on a project constitute a team). Projects completed by teams of more than four students are ineligible. Students may only enter one project.

The completed projects must demonstrate that student(s) went through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge following the Buck Institute of Education PBL model.

Recognition and Awards

The Metro Project Expo is not a competitive event between students; however, student projects will be evaluated using a common rubric. Projects can receive a maximum of 100 points. Awards will be given using the following criteria:

  • Gold – average score of 95% or greater

  • Silver – average score between 85% and 94%

  • Bronze – average score between 75% and 84%

  • Participation – average score of 74% or less

Business partners will have the opportunity to sponsor the MNPS Project Expo. As a sponsoring partner, businesses will have the opportunity to create special awards and will identify recipients based on their own criteria. A common rubric will not be used for special awards.

To become a sponsor, complete the sponsorship form and submit it by February 15, 2013.

How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit an abstract of their project for consideration online. Abstracts will require students to explain their project in terms of the Project Based Learning model. Each abstract will be reviewed and scored by an expert panel. Abstract scores will determine which projects are invited to participate in the Project Expo. The top 10 scoring projects for each category will receive an automatic invitation to participate. Beyond the top 10, all high schools will be invited to showcase their top projects in each category.

Students can register/apply online here. Applications will ask student(s) to select the category, give the project title, provide student information (name, school, etc.), identify a faculty advisor (with advisor e-mail address), indicate whether or not electricity will be needed if invited to participate, and provide a 250 word abstract of the project addressing the following six elements:

  • Driving Question / Need to Know

  • Significance of Content

  • In-depth Inquiry

  • Student Voice & Choice

  • 21st Century Skills

  • Revision & Reflection

The online application process will open on Monday, January 7, 2013. Applications are due by 12:00 (noon) on Friday, February 1, 2013. Students and faculty advisors will be notified of invitation to participate in the MNPS Project Expo by Friday, February 22, 2013.

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