The most popular project has been "Squared Rectangles," just like last year, which I adapted from the Exeter problem sets. Here's one sample (they need to figure out five of these, which get progressively harder):

Squared Rectangles

They enjoy these a lot, and there's some nice algebraic thinking that comes into play, but it doesn't seem "projecty" enough... there's not really a conclusion to reach, and I don't know that it really pushes them enough out of the box because there's a set method to working them out. In the future, I might just add these to my "puzzle" center that's available to kids throughout the year and call it a day. But maybe they will wow me with their presentation and convince me of their value.

All of the other projects that were picked by kids are adaptations from IMP Year 1 and Year 2 Problems of the Week (Project #1, Project #3, Project #4) . There is also a group making a video about factoring.

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