Restaurant Concept

You want to open a restaurant! Develop your vision of what food will be served there, who will come to your restaurant, and how much it will cost to operate your restaurant. 

Here are some suggestions: 

  1. Research similar restaurants and the cost of ingredients.
  2. Use a Spreadsheet like MS Excel to determine the cost of ingredients for each dish.
  3. Develop a website for the restaurant.
  4. Use a 3D design program to envision the inside of your restaurant. 
  5. Determine what people should pay for each dish.
  6. Use Word, Publisher, or InDesign to make menus.



Build or Remix a Mini Computer

Use your understanding of hardware and software to build a small computer, or build a computer into something unexpected. 

You will need to procure the necessary hardware and software, which means you'll either have to find components, or raise the money to buy them. 

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How would you procure the components needed to make these? Do you need to make, buy, or build something new? Perform a competitive analysis of the different options. Which of these offers the best performance, usability, or value? 

Brainstorm creative concepts to make your computer unique. Could you build a computer that looks nothing like what you have on your desk? What problem could you solve with a mini computer? Where could you put a computer like this? 

School of Rock

Imagine your own BAND BRAND! You are the manager of a band and also the Drummer, and the CFO... and the chauffeur.... 

You and your band are starting to get attention but you recognize that your image needs to be a little more unified, so people recognize you and want to buy your swag. 

Develop several of the following: 

  1. Create some music in a music application!
  2. Design your band logo
  3. Use Access to take inventory of your equipment
  4. Design concert posters, tickets, t-shirts, etc. to sell to your fans!
  5. Build a website!
  6. Develop a social media strategy!
  7. Use a 3D application to design your stage!
  8. Design costumes for your band!
  9. ...? What else? 

Rock on!

Design a Learning Space

Educational spaces are challenged by: 

  1. Different students and interests
  2. Budget limitations
  3. Advances in technology and the challenges of keeping pace
  4. Multiple teachers, student ages, and schedules in conflict or competition for space

How would you design a building that would allow a very diverse group of people to share a space effectively? What kinds of activities do you see happening in this space? Will the space be more flexible or more "built in"? 

Use 3D design software to envision an educational space (Library / Computer Lab / Maker Space?) and use Excel to track any equipment and prices that would need to be considered as part of the budget. 


Design an Accessory

Design an accessory for your phone or watch using 3D software or photo editing software. Try the following process: 

Brainstorm! Find problems! Decide Whom you're solving for, What their needs are, and Why your work matters. Tell User Stories, Then: 

  1. Empathize
  2. Define
  3. Ideate
  4. Prototype
  5. Test 
  6. Repeat! 

If your idea is a good one, and feasible, try to build your accessory!


Raise Awareness Project

Research issues facing the world today, like violence, cancer or hunger. Find out how large the issue is, and why nobody has solved it yet. Prepare a presentation or video to help raise awareness and convince other people to care about the issue and do something about it. 

Do the following: 

  1. Write a letter to a government official
  2. Prepare a way to educate people about the problem
  3. Convince us to act differently, and try to help the problem improve. 
  4. Propose some possible solutions. 

Present your project to an audience, send your letter, follow up!

Tech Timeline

Create a timeline of significant milestones in technology.  You could also specialize this timeline to show a detailed timeline of: 

  1. Video Games
  2. Movies
  3. Music
  4. Storage
  5. Wearable technology (Apple Watch) 
  6. Manufacturing
  7. Automotive technology
  8. Internet
  9. ...?

Be sure to put 8-10 significant events on the timeline, in chronological order, with an image and short description of the event. 

Virtual Reality Experience

These days, you don't need to travel to a location to experience it. Use Google SketchUp or another 3D application to create a virtual environment. Use a VR viewer such as Google Cardboard to step into your virtual world! 

You could re-create a historic castle or kingdom, or imagine the home of the future. Design characters who live in the environment. 

Build the space in Google SketchUp, TinkerCAD, or another approved 3D modeling application.  Try prototyping and testing your application in Google Cardboard or other VR viewer. 

Informational Video or Series

Decide on a topic that interests you, and create an informational video / documentary / series on the subject. Write questions and interview people in your community. Develop your own timeline of events and  Here are some topic ideas: 

  1. History of Naples, FL
  2. Tourism in Southwest Florida
  3. Your favorite Author or Artist
  4. The Olympics
  5. How it's Made
  6. Prepare your favorite Meal
  7. ...? Come up with your own!

Shoot video, ideally using 2+ angles and 3-point lighting and mic audio whenever possible, and edit using video software like Adobe Premiere, iMovie, or Final Cut. Share your video on DVD or online. 

Create a Website Portfolio

You're a great artist, writer, and thinker! Build a website to show off your portfolio of work. 

First plan the "framework" of the site. Think about how you create an outline for a research paper and then use a similar process to design how your site will look. How many pages do you need? How many need to be shown on the Main menu, or should some be hidden inside the pages themselves? Research how other portfolios are designed and think about the application or method you might want to use to build your website. 

You will need: 

  1. Navigation (a Menu
  2. Written Content (also known as Copy)
  3. Visual Content (also known as Images)
  4. Optionally, additional multimedia (like Video, Animation or Audio
  5. Pages (the actual places where you can see content)


Make a Budget

You just got a new job and now you have an income. How much do you make per year? How much is your paycheck and how often do you receive it? How do you want to spend it? What expenses will you have? 

Use a spreadsheet application like MS Excel or Google Sheets to make a budget which shows the day-to day balance of your bank account, considering income and expenses. Remember that Spreadsheets are generally made up of: 

  1. Values (usually numbers)
  2. Labels (usually letters or verbal phrases)
  3. Formulas or Functions (a small program within the spreadsheet to do calculations) 

Enter values that are already known (such as your income) but use Formulas to make the spreadsheet dynamic. And of course use Labels to show what the data represents.