A project management and mentorship system based on a tiered participation and feedback system.
20% Project is a mentorship and project management methodology that guides students on hands-on projects through planning, varying levels of assisted help, and constructive criticism. Let’s look at the case with Daniel, a high school sophomore who wants to learn robotics by building a simple robot to clean his room. Daniel is partnered with Dr. Roboto, a robotics expert, who will help Daniel plan out the first 5 steps of building CleanBot, starting with its head. Once the blueprint plans for CleanBot’s head are complete, Daniel will follow Dr. Roboto’s lead and work closely to complete the first step (lets consider this 100% participation). The second step, Dr. Roboto will assist Daniel at a 50% participation level. The third step, Daniel will take lead with minimal hands-on support from Dr. Roboto (this is roughly 10% participation level). For the last two steps, Daniel will work independently on the project while receiving constructive feedback from Dr. Roboto along the way. Once Daniel completes the 5th step, they will repeat the process with CleanBot’s body. Essentially, the expert will help the student complete at least 20-25% of the project tasks through the first 2 steps and give extensive feedback and encouragement for the last 3 steps.
Collaborative mentorship is a great facilitator to building creative confidence.