Fast Times at West Philly High

Great Frontline episode from earlier this year about a high school in West Philly who entered a hybrid car in the X Prize competition.

Here’s Simon Hauger, the high school teacher who helped organize this event, speaking on the educational value of real-world projects like this:

“The basic assumption is that if you give students a problem to struggle with, something that’s real and relevant, it gets them thinking about what they’re passionate about and interested in,” says Hauger, who pushes his students to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning. “They take ownership over their learning. They get excited about it. They create a vision for themselves, moving forward as a learner, and that’s really what we want.”