Excel Projects for High School

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Microsoft Excel is an incredibly useful computer application that can be used in a plethora of real-world scenarios. If you are teaching students how to use Excel, the project ideas found in this article will be highly useful in engaging students in learning.

Microsoft Excel: Resume Builder

It is a common joke among professionals that just about everyone puts the Microsoft Office suite on their resume as a skill they have developed over time. Although most people in today's workforce has a basic understanding of Excel, very few are highly competent in its use. The project ideas below can be modified to suit the needs of the students you teach. Many of these projects can serve as a jumping-off point for students to create their own Excel sheets that can be used in the future in very practical ways.

Track Data

The most obvious way to use Excel is to track any type of data that is important to students. Older students may want to track miles driven, gas mileage, amount eaten (of some food or all food), hours worked, money earned (or saved), or even the amount of time spent on homework. The data can then be used to create many useful charts and graphs, or can be combined with other data to suggest causal relationships. This type of project obviously doesn't use all of Excel's powerful tools, but you have to start somewhere!

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