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VUHS 'Workshop' allows students to pursue projects on their own

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Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Marin Howell



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VUHS SENIOR BEN Clark, above, works on a 3-D printer he hopes to install in a Makerspace, which he is working to create in a now-unused former computer lab at the school. Photo by Marin Howell. Below, VUHS senior Caitlin Walsh practices her songwriting craft in a Middlebury recording studio as part of her independent work. Photo by Jack Halpin. Both projects are part of his efforts in a new Project Workshop course that emphasizes students’ independent inquiry and learning.

VERGENNES — As the bell rings to begin 8th block at Vergennes Union High School, a dozen students head out into the community rather than into the classroom, all embarking on a separate project and each doing so for credit in a new project-based learning class.

They are enrolled in a pilot class called Project Workshop that allows students at VUHS to study topics that interest them, and they say it is unlike any other classroom experience.

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