I am happy to annouce, brag, that Juda has become a finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Grant. We are one of five finalists in the state of Wisconsin! I wrote the initial grant requesting money for what we do in our Physics course. Every Physics class picks and does a community or school STEM project -- the goal is to pick and complete a project that helps the Juda community. We installed the solar panels with the last class and our currently in the process of selecting a project for this year's class now.
It is Project Based Learning at its best - students selecting and completing projects - how can't it be real world? They are doing it.
Not sure of our chances going forward but I am having the class complete the second phase of this grant with me, we need to put what we are going to do into a lesson plan. And no matter what happens the students are doing. (Also won 2 Samsung tablets for being a finalist so that is cool too!)