How do students benefit from participation in the TPSP?
Students who participate in the TPSP:
develop confidence in their abilities to complete an independent research project;
use their own research to produce an innovative, discipline-based product;
are stretched to discover what they are capable of doing academically;
learn to accept challenges in order to perform at a high academic and intellectual level;
explore an area of interest and passion;
perform research outside of the traditional curriculum; and
improve communication and presentation skills.
DO YOUR PART FOR ART This task is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of art and a basic knowledge of artistic styles. Students explore background information and styles of three artists from the past. Students discover how the artists created their masterpieces and developed their own styles. Students will display their art in a classroom exhibition.
ANIMAL NATION In this task, students will study different animals to learn about their basic needs and the ecosystems in which they live. Students choose an animal to observe, describe, and research, determining its basic needs and how they are met. Students will then discuss different outcomes for their animals if their needs are not met (e.g., become extinct, adapt). Their learning will culminate in an “animal report” in which they will predict their animals’ future if their needs are not met and present their predictions to the class.
WHO'S WHO: A STUDY OF BIOGRAPHY In this task, students study famous people and how they used their gifts and talents to overcome challenges and become successful. Students compare/contrast biographies of several people. In their research, they will choose a figure to study and create a timeline of the person’s life.
NEWS SHOW PRODUCTION In this task, students will explore the content, format, and production aspects of a news show. Students will learn about different types of informational writing and practice thinking critically when analyzing news stories. Students will compare objective news stories with persuasive, opinion/editorial writing and will analyze how design elements such as graphics and sound add to or detract from a message.
ENIGMAS This task allows students to study a naturally occurring enigma, an unsolved mystery, using scientific research methods. Students explore in depth an enigma and develop a hypothesis that proposes a solution to his/her chosen mystery. Students will also be able to see how different fields of science fit together and the similarities and differences between different fields.
DESIGNING SPACES In this task, students study how mathematics applies to architecture and the creation of designed environments. Students explore how various designs relate to human needs and functions by observing their environments, drawing, graphing, and taking measurements. Students work together to design and build a variety of architectural spaces within the classroom using simple materials and present their works to an audience.
CULTURE SHOCK In this task, students will explore a different country. Students become familiar with the culture, geography, and landmarks that are significant in that country. Students will create a trip to the country including a guidebook, maps, and important language phrases. Students will complete a travel blog to record the events of their journey.