What was your driving question?
How did this project connect to your local or regional community?
What PBE principles were highlighted in this project?
We did a Zoom in the fall where we interviewed Grandpa Henry and he showed us pictures and videos of his Maple Farm. His local family also shared with us some tubing and a bottle of syrup. Students commented the label was drab and that was the nexus of our project to create a new label. We worked with two different local graphic designers to help with inspiration and finalizing on the computer. We worked with our art teacher as students made 2-8 different drafts of their idea and some had several ideas.
How did this positively impact the community? How was it shared?
Reflection: What was the biggest challenge? What was the most rewarding aspect of this project?
Any advice for a teacher or student that is implementing a PBE project for the first time?
So many students love art and think they might want to grow up to be an artist so exposure to something like graphic design, marketing, advertising, etc is a great way for them to see a different potential career path.
Take your time // follow through – we started our maple syrup project in early October and the labeled maple syrup bottles are only just now going home with students in June! We did come back to the topic here and there in art so the project felt continuous but sometimes students would share they thought it was done, but in the end, they were glad to get to a final product even though it took longer than expected!