Project Description

DRIVING QUESTION:

How can we improve the level of safety along our school’s street?

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Students will view the speed of traffic on our street and come up with ways that they can help motorists slow to the legal driving speed through a school zone.  Using Science and Math, they will collect vehicle velocity data to show evidence to support their ideas.  A visit from the RCMP to discuss vehicle/pedestrian safety and some data collection will engage students and help them to create some short-term change.  Students will also learn to use a speed gun accurately and make a graph of their data.  Students will write letters to the Editor of the local newspaper to inform the community of the need for change.  How to make a presentation to the local City Council will be researched.  Students will request time during a Council Meeting to make presentations they create based on the solutions they generated.

CONNECTIONS AND PERSPECTIVES:

This project will help our students to serve the greater community by making it safer.  It allows students to use their abilities to make a positive change.  It will give them skills that they could use in the future as they learn how local government works.