I'm continually impressed at how students will rise to challenges that are presented to them. Recently I assigned my 8th grade students a task that was very similar to a project that I was required to do for one of my masters courses. I had no doubt that most of the students would be able to do the project, but was awed by the level of achievement that many of them reached. It was clear that the students put time and effort into the projects, and followed the rubric to make sure they received the highest possible grade. The project was to create a website or video about a genetic disease that they were studying.
The link to their assignment is here: http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=236093 They were given no further information on the assignment, and I only had to answer a few basic questions. Please click on the links below to see some of the projects that I received: