Another regular school day. You enter the classroom with books (or coffee) in hand. You sit in your usual seat to hear your professor teach the lesson. It's an important subject, which could allow you to help millions of people, make an honest living, and help pursue your passion, but you barely play attention. Sounds familiar? Why is this such a common occurrence? You forgot the drive to learn.
Learning has become monotonous. Tedious lesson plans taught with the same approach can make even the brightest student dim. Passion can easily be forgotten without the best catalyst. So why not offer students the best catalyst to improve their studies: the possibly of a job from one of the top companies in their field. All they have to do is ace the final project.
Prove your Knowledge Project
The Prove your Knowledge Project (PKP) is a collaboration program between a company and school where students use what they learned from class to complete a past company project based on the subject as their final exam. PKP will give students the incentive to work harder in class. It also offers real world application to improve understanding of the subject and career goals.
PKP requires a few criteria in order to provide students with the utmost capability.
1. Beneficial relationship between school and business
Sadly, the world isn't just all give. There must be a give-and-take relationship to keep both parties satisfied. The first step is connection. The school and company must have a subject matter to convene on. For example, a software development company will work with the computer science/information technology department. The next step is contributions. The company will offer the school resources (material, financial, guidance, etc.) and availability for employment. In turn, the school will offer free, limited company promotion and assisted training before graduation.
2. Adapted curriculum
The curriculum will be updated to suit PKP. The final exam will include a final project, which is included in the overall grade. For the students to complete the project requirements, the coursework must help them understand the issues and find solutions. New classes are not necessary (understand the difficultly of changing a school curriculum), just a revision on the important topics for different classes. The project requires the students to work in groups to combine their skill sets.
3. Previous company project
The company will provide a previous project they worked on, but remove a few details for the students to solve. The students must use specific information from the project (provided by the company) and their skills from class to complete the project. Students have to recreate similar results to the completed project or design a different solution.
4. Final project presentation with company reps
The final project will have two form of submission: a report and presentation. The report will include the groups detailed description on their result of the project. The presentation phase allows the students to explain their results to the class. Company representatives will also be in the audience during the presentation to assess the results and critique. The most interesting/impressive projects could be offered a employment opportunity with the company in the future.