Students at Verrado High School in Buckeye are taking on the world by tackling problems and creating projects with real-life applications. The students will be showing off what they have learned Tuesday, April 24, at One World, One Verrado Night.
The focus of the evening is on project-based learning, which Principal Kristen Tiffany described as a teaching method that allows students to determine and create a lot of their own learning.
Students are given a real-world task, problem or complex question that they must answer through research, often with a team, and by applying the knowledge they learn in class.
“It is important to be able to take the learning that occurs in the classroom and bring it beyond those ‘walls,’” Tiffany said.
Community involvement is a big part of the special night, and staff say students are eager for the outreach opportunity and to have conversations about their ideas with an authentic audience.
“It is awesome to see my Vipers get excited about what they are learning,” Tiffany said. “This opportunity to share it with parents, siblings, peers and community members is something that we do not get to do often enough.”
The event takes over the Verrado campus as students showcase the problem-oriented activities they have worked on throughout the year by performing, playing, explaining, demonstrating and teaching attendees.
According to Assistant Principal Holly Bonessi, the goal of the event is to allow the community to interact with and participate in the same types of learning activities as Verrado students.
“We are really looking to evolve this night into a hands-on, fun and educational event for not only the families of our students, but also for business, government and community leaders, and experts,” Bonessi explained. “This gives our students an opportunity to voice and share their own innovative ideas on issues facing our world.”
During One World, One Verrado Night, there will be demonstrations by the fine arts department and presentations on everything from student-created video games, innovative advancement in medicine, water-treatment processes and a Rube Goldberg machine.
Other projects include anti-tobacco programs for fifth-grade students, planning for a disease pandemic, creating public policy and interactive catapults using math to create a successful angle.
“These students have great ideas, and this is their opportunity to have a diverse audience,” Bonessi said. “I hope that students understand their ideas matter and that their hard work can make a difference.”
Bonessi also hopes attendees will see the unique and creative views Verrado students have on different topics affecting their lives and possibly leave with a new viewpoint, idea or perspective.
One World, One Verrado Night
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24
Verrado High School, 20050 W. Indian School Road, Buckeye