Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Hey everyone, this isn't Mrs. Byrne writing-- it's Dr. Preston (click this link if you want to verify).  Thought I'd take a walk on the sophomore side and see what you're doing. 

Your projects look amazing!  But, I confess that I don't completely understand them.

So here's the deal: write a 1-3 paragraph comment to this post that describes why you're doing this project and what you hope to achieve in the world (beyond a star on your report card).  I will make it worth your while by rewarding anyone who posts by midnight tonight with one essay's worth of "A" credit in my class.

"Wait," says the enterprising sophomore honors student, "Who caresWe're not even in his class!"

No kidding.  But, unlike the driver's license you probably don't have yet, this credit is transferable.  You can select any senior in my class-- or more than one-- and give them your total of 100 points or divide it among 100 seniors (actually, I only have 95 in class).  Of course, you could keep it all to yourself, but then you'll be missing all the fun: Have you ever had a senior owe you a favor?

Here's all you have to do after you get your 100 points.  Find a senior online or offline, ask him/her about the work we're doing in class, and determine how valuable you think the work is, both to the author(s) and the rest of the world.  Assign your points accordingly by logging on to Project Infinity (or sending our sys admin an email at: projectinfinitysite@gmail.com).  That's it.

Have fun... now teach me!


  1. The Evoke Project: Why I am Doing It

    Well, the evoke projects like you said, are indeed slightly confusing. And though some of the topics seem like the exact same things that scientists and humanitarians alike have been struggling to solve for years, I personally find that this project gives us as students a way to not only hear about the problems, but also a reason set up our own plans and ideas to change things.

    As students in AP and Honors classes we are exposed to some of the issues that face developing nations, but it’s very rare when someone sits us down and really begins to talk about what is going on in Africa and other third world and war-torn countries. And that is what I like about this project. We are not just hearing the facts, we are actually investigating real problems that real people face, not just numbers and figures that we can’t put a person’s face to. I also like that the information given to us has enough background information to finish the project, but it can also be used as a starting point for our own personal investigations so that we can take an individual mission and get creative with it, and from there learn about what interests us individually about each problem.

    But my favorite part of the project is the act challenge. It challenges us to think outside the box and come up with real world solutions for real world problems. Or it has us do something that would either help change things in Africa or help us understand what we can do to make a difference. And even though this project is relatively simple, I think that if we are serious about what solutions we come up with and really start paying attention to what is going on, we can help change things in Africa.

    -Amara Sharp

  2. Amara, this is brilliant-- thank you! Since I figured on 10 people playing, I had 1000 points to give. Now they're all yours. Use your powers for good, and email dpreston.learning@gmail.com if you have any questions about how to allocate and document the credit on the project infinity site. Thanks again!