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Students present 'Passion Projects'

Hope Reinardy (left) and Jackson Hanson present their "passion projects" at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion. Submitted photo

Last month, fifth- and sixth-graders at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion presented their "passion projects" as part of the school's project-based Maker Program.

Projects included movies on rabbit care, race car drifting, and promotion of the school; a new business for making stress-relieving "slimes"; creation of two utopian countries; and a robotics project involving the creation, programming, and coordination of three robots.

These projects are the capstone of the school's Maker Program in which students draw from all their creativity, knowledge, skills, teamwork, and grit to create things of value.

Over the course of the school year, the students created movies, wrote computer programs, built and programmed robots, and created graphic designs. The topics for the passion projects were decided by the students, who were encouraged to follow their passions.