Using the Industrial Revolution as inspiration, students at Kent Innovation High School, in Grand Rapids, Mich., have embarked on project-based learning that also enlightens others about important issues in the community. One group of students created a website that shows corporate donations to political candidates, while another group started a campaign to help reduce ocean pollution related to "nurdles," plastic pellets found in many consumer items. "The Industrial Revolution obviously isn't that engaging in its historical sense to kids, so we tried to make it about things they care about in their lives," said Andrew Holly, a social studies teacher.

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