That seems to be the most frequently asked question in EAST classrooms everywhere. What is an EAST project? The truth is: There is not one easy answer. EAST projects can be a great number of things. EAST is all about project-based learning and community service; EAST students use cutting-edge technology to solve problems they identify in their communities. Often the students provide services not otherwise available in the community.
This presents a problem. Students are conditioned to expect their teacher to:
That is not how things work in EAST. In EAST, students are required to improve their ability to:
In fact, sometimes it is easier to define what an EAST project is not.
EAST projects are not:
The purpose of EAST is to grow the student, not grow the project. EAST projects should be opportunities for students to go beyond the typical classroom setting and provide a service for an organization or someone other than themselves.