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Develop lifelong learners.

The Project Hydroplane Racing Program allows students to bring what they've learned in life to the educational setting, giving them a sense that they are in control over their own learning.

The 5 Key Components of the

Project Hydroplane Racing Program (PHRP)

The PHRP is a project-based instructional method based in constructivist philosophy. The core principle is that real world problems capture students' attention and promote serious thinking as students acquire and apply knowledge in a problem-solving context.

Innovation and


Based on the constructivist philosophy of education, the PHRP develops much needed critical thinking skills in students by encouraging creativity and taking ownership of their learning.

Designing Standards and Assessments

From a research perspective, we are focused on the areas of self-regulation, self-efficacy (one's own beliefs in one's own abilities), and self-confidence. When improvement takes place in these three areas, student learning increases exponentially.

Developing Great Teachers

It is significantly easier for teachers to control classroom behavior when students are engaged and interested. Educators utilizing the PHRP have discovered that student behavioral problems virtually disappear upon implementation.

Improving Instruction

Since the PHRP is project-based it affords teachers the ability to fully recognize exactly where each student is in the learning process so that they might make adjustments accordingly.

Education Reform

The PHRP is a complete paradigm shift in how education is currently being delivered. It empowers teachers who, in turn, empower their students to succeed.

Learn by doing.

By designing, constructing, testing, and racing foam board rocket-powered model hydroplanes, students who initially complaining of boredom in school have gone on to exhibit great interest in learning.

A new spin on science, technology,

engineering, and math.

The underlying goal of the PHRP is to encourage students to gain and maintain an interest in school and learning. This includes students from both general education and special education populations.

Integrating academic content, standards, and laws.

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) comprise the backbone of the PHRP, which is embedded with the national standards set forth and established by the following organizations:

Science (NSES)

The National Science Education Standards (NSES) are guidelines for K-12 science education in US schools. They were established by the National Research Council to provide a set of goals for teachers to set for their students and for administrators to provide professional development.

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Technology (ISTE)

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the ISTE Standards (formerly the NETS) are the definitive framework for successfully implementing digital strategies to positively impact learning, teaching and leading in our technology-powered world.

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Engineering (NAE)

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. NAE members provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationship between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.

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Math (NCTM)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.

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"I've seen firsthand how the PHRP encourages students to push their mental capacities to a higher level."

Robert Holmes, Canaan Community Development Corp., Louisville, KY

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