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What is it? Teachers at Napa New Technology High School in Napa, CA discuss the 21st century competencies required to complete the Monkey Trial Project, where students work in teams to prepare cases for or against teaching "intelligent design" along with the science of evolution in classrooms.

Why do we like it? This project is a good example of an interdisciplinary project (social studies, English, science) focused on a current issue in American society. The video captures students as they work, and their presentations to an authentic audience.

How can you use it? Draw ideas for designing projects to promote critical thinking, connect students with adult experts, and teach them to see multiple perspectives. Also learn about individual products in context of a team final product & pacing in a project.