Intro to Passion Projects

WHAT IS A PASSION PROJECT?

A passion project is something you work on (often outside of your chosen career path) that gives you satisfaction, happiness and puts you into a state of flow. It’s what you do to escape it all. It’s your tiny (or huge) contribution to the world.”

10 Reasons To Find Your Passion Projects by Dr. Amy Shah via mindbodygreen


York School 2015 20time Projects Preview by Kevin Brookhouser via YouTube

 

WHAT KIND OF PROJECT DO YOU WANT TO PURSUE?

The Bad Idea Factory

In order to find good ideas, you often have to work through a lot of bad ideas. Watch the video below to see some examples of bad ideas:

The Bad Idea Factory 2013 by Kevin Brookhouser via YouTube

ACTIVITY

PART 1

  1. As a class, use the whiteboard and think about as many bad ideas as possible. Write the ideas on the whiteboard.
  2. Once you have filled the board with bad ideas, circle the ideas that have the potential to be a good idea.
  3. Have one member of the class take a photograph of the whiteboard and post it to your Google+ Cohort community page.

PART 2

Before the holiday break, you completed a survey about passion projects. In case you don’t remember what you submitted, we’ve included a link to everyone’s responses below.

  1. Review your responses to the passion project survey. The spreadsheet is organized by grade and alphabetized by first name.

 

BRAINSTORM IDEAS FOR YOUR PASSION PROJECT

 

ACTIVITY

  1. Use sticky-notes, or a piece of paper, and write down all of the ideas or thoughts you have about a topic you are interested in (something you are passionate about).
  2. Try to narrow your thoughts down to one, specific thing you would like to focus on during your passion project.
  3. Use a mindmap to brainstorm ways that you can complete your goal.
  4. Post a photo of your sticky-notes and mindmap to your Google+ Cohort community page.
  5. If you would like to choose a new passion project, or if you would like to revise your existing proposal, please complete this form.
  6. Once you have chosen an idea for your passion project, begin working on the ‘Prototype’ activity below.

PASSION PROJECT GOAL

  • You will create a goal for your passion project.
  • You will brainstorm ways that you can accomplish your goal.

 

ACTIVITY

Using your project idea, begin working on a goal for your passion project. Your goal should:

  • Be specific – Clearly state what you would like to do (I want to learn….., I want to make….I want to do…)

POOR EXAMPLE
I want to learn how to code.

GOOD EXAMPLE
I want to learn how to code using Python so that I can build an app to help me organize my homework.

  • Be reasonable – You only have one semester to work on this project. Make sure it’s something that can be worked on in a reasonable amount of time.

POOR EXAMPLE
I want to choreograph a two hour contemporary dance that will highlight the struggle for equal rights.

GOOD EXAMPLE
I want to choreograph an original, two minute, contemporary dance that I can post onto YouTube.

  1. Make a copy of this Google Slide template and specify what you would like to learn during your passion project.
  2. ‘Share’ your Google Slide presentation to your Google+ Cohort community page.

 

PRESENT YOUR GOAL

Today you will ‘Test’ your passion project goal by presenting it to your cohort. This is an opportunity to get feedback on your passion project. IMPORTANT – your goal will be used to assign you to your mentor group for the second semester. This is also an opportunity to demonstrate that you are ready to start your project.

ACTIVITY

  1. Present your goal and provide a 30 second summary about your passion project.
  2. After each presentation, ask for feedback about the following:
  • Is the goal specific, realistic, and reasonable?
  • What are some potential challenges?
  • Could the goal be revised so that it is more clear and specific?

2. Revise your goal and post it to the Google+ Community page. Remember, your goal will be used to place you in your mentor group for the second semester.