Project Ideas

This is not a definitive list of all possible project topics. It is not intended to limit student creativity or initiative. This list is provided to promote student formulation of a meaningful, personal choice that reflects the philosophy of the project. Students may not use a project that will count as a class credit. They can, however, create an extension of a class project for which they received credit.

School Service Projects

*Develop and execute a tutoring program

*Write a computer program for the school district or an instructor

*Design and publish a newsletter for a school organization

*Design and publish brochures about school programs

*Organize a career day

*Work with elementary classes to reinforce wellness, interpret poetry, etc.

*Develop and implement an intramural program

*Research a current district or school policy and make recommendations for improvements

*Organize and execute a school clean up

*Design and create a piece of art for public display at the school(s)

*Plan a district-wide art show

*Plan and organize a major-school wide event

*Work with a sports team and collect and produce video clips of the season’s best, funniest, most exciting plays and moments, etc.

Community Improvement/ Involvement Projects

*Coordinate a service project for a non-profit organization

*Perform a service project for the elderly

*Perform a service for a senior citizen community

*Volunteer on a regular basis at a homeless shelter

*Volunteer at a local hospital or nursing home

*Plan, organize, and execute environmental improvement project

*Build or renovate a house as a service project

*Design and build a fitness trail

*Organize a community festival (i.e., arts, music, foods, multicultural heritage, etc.)

*Plan and supervise an elementary school bicycle safety program

*Coach a community sports team

*Teach a religious instruction class

*Work with and for a political candidate during a primary or general election campaign

Fine Arts and Creative Projects

*Compose and perform a piece of music for a senior citizen home

*Organize a student concert

*Organize a student art show

*Edit and produce a magazine for a school/community organization

*Edit and produce a school newspaper

*Write and publish a short story or book of poems

*Direct a school play or dramatic performance

*Design and paint a mural for display somewhere in the community

*Plan and conduct a showing of your personal artwork or writings

*Design and dress the window display areas for a department in the high school

*Write and illustrate a children’s book in English or a foreign language

*Make a video for public service announcements

Internship or Career-Related Projects

*Intern with an elementary teacher or subject area teacher

*Intern in a health-related field and share that with a health class

*Intern with a government or legal entity and design a lesson

*Intern with a newspaper or publishing entity and design a lesson

*Intern with a design or advertising firm

*Intern at a daycare center

*Intern with a film, theater, or drama entity and share that with the church drama club

*Intern with a general contractor and design something for the school grounds.

*Intern with a skilled tradesman and donate work to a worthy cause

*Restore a car or other transportation for someone in the American Association of Retired Persons

Practical Arts Projects

*Build a piece of furniture and donate it to a charity auction

*Cater a social function for the community, local firemen etc…

*Design and create an original clothing design for a production such as the spring musical or fall play

*Demonstrate carpentry skills by remodeling or enhancing an area in the community

*Design and redecorate a room for a women’s shelter

*Create and paint a design for someone’s home/workplace/community center

*Create an appropriate animated movie for a class/elementary school.

*Write, direct, and perform a children’s theater production*Create an elementary drama production

*Design puppets and produce a puppet show for younger kids

*Develop public relations or marketing materials for a theater

*Plan a “Save the Rainforest” project

*Plan activities for freshman

*Host a band festival

Entrepreneur Projects

*Set up a small business, keeping financial records and managing time and materials

*Create a company and then develop and produce a product that helps someone or a group

*Organize a fundraising activity for a non-profit cause

*Establish a teen coffeehouse as a way to share poetry.

Other Suggestions

*Help train others for a marathon or related sporting event

*Work with a veterinary hospital staff member (shadow experience)

*Research how the brain, skeletal, or other system in the body works and produce a video or visual for display for a science/ health teacher

*Work with the Humane Society or the Denver Zoo on a project

*Work with disabled children (i.e., design sports activities for them)

*Create and follow through with a recycling program for a semester

*Design murals for schools with guidance from teachers/administrators

*Conduct mock trials

*Sponsor and administer a voter registration drive

*Organize a model similar to the United Nations*Organize a forensics tournament

*Complete a community improvement project (park or playground)

*Organize a spring extravaganza for a senior citizens center

*Teach younger kids a sport

*Design a cultural display case for a local business

*Establish a correspondence program with a school in a foreign country or local school with guidance from a teacher

*Complete a foreign foods program

*Organize a traveling art show

*Organize a foreign language tutoring time for the language of your choice

*Develop audiotapes of novels and short stories for teachers

*Establish an environmental monitoring project

*Complete a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) project

*Develop a booster club for an athletic team

*Complete a foreign exchange opportunity

*Form a band to play music at a dance or school-sponsored event

*Develop an ethnographic extension for a social studies teacher

*Conduct a peer-tutoring project over the summer

*Produce a highlight film for any sports team, musical, or related event.

*Establish a homework help system