Project NEXT is a project-based learning program at Forest Hills Northern High School started this fall with 123 members of the class of 2022. In Project NEXT, students will learn the state-required high school curricula in a series of both individual and group assignments throughout their four years at FHN. With their kickoff project, “Catch the Fever,” students worked in groups to learn about and model a common pathogen and then learned how these pathogens can quickly spread through local communities as well as globally. Students interviewed a specialist at the Kent County Health Department to gain expertise about how certain illnesses are affecting our communities and devised strategies to combat the spread of these illnesses, including information campaigns and remedy products. Students presented their projects in October to classmates, parents, and teachers, as well as FHPS school board members, Superintendent Behm, members of the Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University, and Kent County Health Department officials.
Listed below are some of the student facts as a result of the “Catch the Fever” project:
- 21 websites were created by student groups;
- 1 law bill was submitted to a legislator;
- 15+ calls were made to state and local health departments;
- 194 research documents were developed;
- 5 rounds of student and teacher feedback sessions were held;
- Almost 500 pages of individual student writing were completed; and
- 5 hours of video were recorded.
Teachers in Project NEXT reported that through this project, students demonstrated proficiency in eight English standards, six social studies standards, eight science standards, 17 geometry standards, and five engineering standards.