As classroom science teachers, we are all often reminded of the inevitable and sometimes not small challenges that face us in captivating and keeping the interest of our students. To give additional relevance and life to my teaching of physics, I decided to integrate global, hands-on projects into my approach. I decided from the onset that the projects had to be innovative, spectacular, and creative, and they must include input from students and colleagues from their inception. This chosen course of action resulted in the development of a dynamic three-year physics odyssey culminating with the Switched-On Physics Project. In this paper, I describe the program and encourage other teachers to consider engaging in projects that capture their interest and that of their students.

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