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The CAAT Student Experience

In addition to the rigorous academics and the infusion of technology, the biggest hallmark of the CAAT program is the cross-curricular team planning that happens within each grade level. Our teachers work hard to create a variety of creative, engaging projects for students to demonstrate their learning. One of the benefits to a smaller magnet program is that cross-curricular projects can be planned more easily. Our small size also allows for a number of engaging field trips around the state to enhance the learning experience of each unit. This page contains a sample of some of the types of projects and field trips that students have experienced in the past through the CAAT program. We are always dreaming up new ideas!

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Featured 8th Grade Portfolios

6th Grade

Florida Through the Ages

In this cross-curricular project, students researched an epoch of Florida's geological history using the Hall of Fossils exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History. After completing their research, students created Google Sites to share their work with others.

Geology in Real Life

Students visited the State Caverns in Marianna, Florida to experience the geology of our state first-hand. While there, students completed activities about poetry and imagery in nature, practiced nature photography techniques, as well as created cave drawings that might have adorned the caves of ancient Floridians.

Mount Everest Scrapbook Project

After reading the novel Peak by Roland Smith, students created a cross-curricular scrapbook with a variety of assignments tied into the novel: creative journals about the characters, mountain climbing calculations, research essays, and more. They also visited a local rock climbing gym to experience a real climbing challenge.

7th Grade

Florida Marine Biology and Ecology

Students completed research projects on Florida's marine animals. Students used Adobe Illustrator to create scientific drawings about their animals, and InDesign to create a two-page layout for a class textbook. The unit culminated in a trip to Marine Land in St.Augustine to visit their research topics up close.

Class T-Shirts

Every year, students compete to design their own 8th Grade t-shirt. They use Adobe Illustrator to create fully vectorized artwork, and then prepare their work for screen printing by using the Pantone color library. The class votes on the winning design, which is printed for students to wear with pride.

State Government in Action

Students visited the capitol complex in Tallahassee to learn about the three branches of state government. They toured the capitol building, participated in a mock legislative session, and held a mock oral argument in the Supreme Courthouse. Students used Adobe Photoshop to create postcards about their trip.

Sticker Design Fundraiser

Students worked with a graphic designer from Springfed Decals to create their own sticker designs. Students had to complete a budget plan and estimate their profits. The best designs from each class were printed and sold to students on campus as a fundraiser for the school.

8th Grade

Introduction to Rocketry

Students read Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam and composed literary analysis essays.They researched science toipcs connected to the book, and created websites using Dreamweaver to share their work. They built model rockets, and ended the unit with a trip to NASA to participate in special educational programs.

The Frozen Berry Project

Students worked with a local frozen yogurt shop to design a website for their business. Students met with the clients to determine project goals and audience needs and created websites from scratch using Adobe Dreamweaver. The winning design is being used as the business's actual website!

352 Design Challenge

Students attended a day of workshops at the local offices of 352 Inc. in the Tioga Town Center, where they worked with a team of professional web designers to come up with a design for their own app.

Custom Model Rocket Designs

Students designed their model rockets using stock parts and their own custom nose cones and fins. Using open source software and Adobe Photoshop, they then 3D printed their designs. After assembling the rockets, they launched their creations.