8 Inspiring Student Projects to Jumpstart Your School Year

Need a few ideas for projects this school year? Here are 8 projects your students will love.

By Carri Schneider

It’s back-to-school season in classrooms across the country. That means parents are busy hunting for pre-sharpened Ticonderogas and teachers are busy hunting for new ideas for this year’s students. We can’t help with the school supply list, but we do have 8 ideas for student projects to inspire you. 

Get real with your students like Crosstown High leader Chris Terrill.

Find a local business partner like the students at Da Vinci RISE High.

Tackle a local environmental issue like Furr High School’s students.

Record a podcast with a changemaker in your community like Latitude 37.8.

Create an empathy experiment like students at Iowa BIG.

Invite students to dive deeply into something that interests them like this student at PSI High.

Launch something new like these student engineers at Purdue Polytechnic High School.

Get out into the world like the student scientist at New Harmony.


Do you have examples of engaging projects that you want to share? Tell us all about it on social media using #ReThinkHighSchool or reach out to us with your idea for a guest blog.