Projects initiate student centered learning. As the teacher, I can coach, guide, and direct student learning as students take over the center of the learning process. A well designed project would provide decisions that are made by students, flexibility for application of students' interest, and allow for collaboration with classmates.
Project work must align with state/district standards. Ideally, projects are driven by an essential question that will cross multiple or all physical science units. Models and guidelines of high quality work would be provided (rubrics, checklists, and/or samples of student work).
By including real-world connections for any project work, the work becomes more relevant to students' lives.