What was your driving question?
How did this project connect to your local or regional community?
What PBE principles were highlighted in this project?
The basic premise of the project was for students to learn how to detail a car/truck. They could use their own, borrow a staff’s vehicle or family member’s. We did this in the Fall of 2021 – luckily we had good weather. We used Fridays from 9:30 to 12:30 for 3 weeks. The goal was to have students engaged and enjoy learning a life skill. The students watched instructional videos and progressed through three checkpoints: Washing Exterior, Cleaning Interior and Waxing Process. This was designed to be a learner-centered project, with students selecting this project from others. Students were excited to make progress on their vehicles and could witness progress such as tire cleaner dissolving grime from their rims. Students learned how to use a pressure washer, soap to water ratios and processes. This project had a large reach because of the student’s networking with staff and family. We soon had many people excited to possibly have the students detail their car. Many of the students had never waxed a car before or did a thorough deep clean of an interior. They learned about cleaning chemicals as well as what can cause damage to a vehicles’ finish. The students documented their progress by making a slideshow with brief descriptions on each slide.